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I. The Believer's Espovsals. 
II. The Believer's Jointure. 

III. The Believer's Riddle. 

IV. The Believer's Lodgikg, 
V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 

VI. The Believer's Principles, 


Creation and Redemption. 

Law and Gospel. 

Justification and SanctificaTion. 

Faith and Sense. 

Heaven and Earth. 


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bation, Mr. Erfkine's Gofpel Sonnets 
have a claim to that diftinftion, and they 
may be ranked amonglt thofc of general e- 
Jteem and ufefidnefs ; few books have been 
fo often printed in the fame fpace of time. 
"Every thing is to be found in the preftnt 
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vour of divine and experimental knowledge* 



WHATEVER apologies this book lias for- 
merly been prefaced with, (as to the man- 
ner in which many lines in It are written), (hall be 
here altogether dropt and forborn. I now difmifs it 
as it is, under the conduct of divine providence, 
to take its hazard in the world ; fince it has alrea- 
dy fcived its apprenticeship under feveral impref*- 
lions, and gone both through kind and hard ufage, 
through good report and bad report. It never 
promifed much to them that ftek nothing but 
pleafure and fatisfaflion to their fancy ; but I 
have heard, that it has done fome fervice (and, I 
hope, through the bleffing of Heaven, it may yet 
do more) to them that fcek profit and edification 
to their fouls. 

The late edition of this book at London, bzivg 
more full and complete than any that was formerly 
emitted, it is fit here to acquaint the reader, that 
tills is printed exactly off the London copy, with- 
out any material addition cr alteration, except in. 
the third part of the book, that comes under the 
name of Riddles, or myfteries ; and Part, VI. 
Chap. ii. Seel:, i. intitled, The believer's princi- 
ples, concerning the myfteries of ike law end go f pel ; 
both of which (becaufc there were feveral demands 
in this country for a new adition) 1 thought fit con- 
firm by fcripture-texts, cited at the bottom of the 
page, for the benefit of thofe that arc weak in 


knowledge, and unacquainted with the fcripture *, 
I have directed them by a letter of the alphabet, 
at every branch of the fentence that is either feem- 
ingly or really oppofite to the other, unto force 
icriptural text, one or more, for evincing the truth 
thereof: by which means the weakeft that is wil- 
ling, may come to underftand the moil difficult 
paradox, or myftery, mentioned in this work ; at 
lead fo far as to fee, that every part of it is found- 
ed on the word cf God, either directly, or by 
plain and neceflary confequence. Only this gener- 
al rule is to be obferved, namely, That the reader 
always confider what is the fubjedt treated in every 
fe&ion or ilanza ; and this, for the fake of the 
more illiterate, I (hall illuftrate by two examples, 
the one concerning the Aztju, the other concerning 
the believer. The former you fee Part HI. Sect. 
Yi, ver. 25. 

I'm not cblig'd to keep it more ; 
Yet more oblig'd than e'er before. 

Here you are to remark, that as the iubject 
fpoke of, is the law ; fo the law in fcripture is 
considered two ways, viz. both as a covenant of 
works, and as a rule of duty. Now, that the be- 
liever is under no obligation to the law, as it is a 
covenant of works, or to perform obedience to ir as 
a ground of juftification, (which is alio the lubiett 
treated in that fettion), is confirmed in the loot 
notes by the following fcripture?, to which you 
are directed by the letter (j), Rom. vi. 14. Gal. 
v. 1, 2, 3,4. Where you may fee believers are 
faid to ■ be not under the law, but under grace ;' 
and exhorted to « Hand fa ft in the liberty wherc- 

* The fcripture? in this edition are extended, at full 


' with Chrift hath made them free ;' and afTured, 
' that Chrilt is become of no effect to them, who- 
.' foever of them are juftified by the law ; they are 

* fallen from grace.' — Again, that the believer is 
under more obligation than ever before he was juf- 
tified, to yield obedience to the law as it is a rule 
tf life, (which is the other branch of that paradox,) 
is confirmed by thefe following texts of icripture, 
to which you are directed by the letter (>), Rom. 
vi. i, 2, 15. where it is faid, ' Shall we continue 

* in fin, that grace may abound ? God forbid : how 

* (hall we that are dead to fin, live any longer 
< therein ? What then \ fhall vet fin, becaufe we 

* are not under the law, but under £race ? God 

* forbid.' — From which texts, together with their 
contexts, it is evident, that the believer's freedom 
from the law as a covenant, does not at all free 
him from obligation to it as a rule, but fnperadds 
to the natural obligation, that of ^race, which 
both argumentatively and effectively teaches what 
the law does authoritatively and prcceptively, 
namely, * to deny ungodlinefs and worldly hilts, 

* and to live foberly, righteoufly, and godly in 

* this prefent world,' Tit. ii. 11, 12. 

The other example I adduce, you may read. 
Part ill. Sedt. ii. ver. 47. where the words are, 

To good and evil equal bent : 
I'm both a devil and a faint. 

Here the reader may notice, that the fubjcCl 
fpeken of, is the believer', or the faint's old and 
:w man defcribed, (which is part of the title of 
that feclion,) or considered as to his um eveverale 
and regenerate part ; in which view he is frequent- 
ly fpoke of in fcripture ; ex. gr. 1 John iii. 0, 9, 
is faid of the believer, or the per fori born of God ; 


tb.t i he fir.neth not;* and that ■ he cannot fin, be- 

* cai ft he is burn of Gbfl :' there he is poken of 
as to his new nature, or regenerate part. Bur, 
l J^» h i 8. the words aTe, * If we fay that we 

* have- no (:n^ we deceive oin vrsj and the truth is 

* not in us :' vhere the ar>oftlc fpeak-s of believeiV 
unregeneraW and corrupt part. Now. this being 
the fcri: refentatioii of the believer, the 
lore: jx is ealiiy proven from fcripture. 

The firft branch is, That he is equally bent to 
good and to evil. For the proof of this, you are 
directed in the foot note to Rom.vih 21. where the 
apcitla Paul, fpcaking both oi his corrupt and re- 
newed part, lays, ' I find a Jaw, that when I would 
' do good, evil is preftnt with me.' And, if you 
read the preceeding and following context you will 
find him complaining how corruption bends him as 
far one way as grace another. 

The other part of the lame paradox is, That the 
believer is, en thefe accounts, both a devil and a 
faint* Now, that the believer is by nature and cor- 
ruption a devils is one branch of this poliiion here 
to be confirmed. That he is fo by nature , is pro- 
ven by the following fenptures in the forecited page 
at the bottom, John vi. 70. and viii. 44. compar- 
ed ; where Chrift, fpeaking of feme that were in a 
natural ftate, viz. of Judas and the Jews, difcov- 
ers what is the iiate of all men bv natuie, • that 
they are of their father the devil, fince the lefts of 
their father they will do;' and therefore rr.ay be 
called devils, as our Lord calls Judas, laying, ■ I 
have chofen you twelve, and one of you is a devil.' 
And fuch are believers alio naturally, as depend- 
ents of the firft Adam, being ' children of difobe- 
dience, and children of wrath by nature, even as 
others/ Eph* ii. 2, 3. And that the believer is fo, 


not only by nature, but alfo by reafon of remain- 
ing corruptio n t is proven at the foot of the fame 
page, from James iii. 15. where that apoiUe, fpeak- 
ing of ftrife aud envy, that may be even amongthc 
children of God, (which indeed has too much ta- 
ken pbice in all ages), fays, ' This vvifdom defcend- 
eth not from above, but is earthly, fenfual, devil- 
ifh.' Again, that though the believer be by na- 
ture and corruption a devil, yet he is, by grace and 
regeneration, a faint, is documented alfo, in the 
fame page, from 1 Cor. vi. 11. * Such were fome, 
cf you ; but ye are fanctified,' &c. 

In this manner, you may eafily go over all the 
reft cf the paradoxes, riddles, or myfteries, contain- 
ed in this book, and find them evidently confirmed 
by the fcriptures of truth, the word of God. This 
might be no unprofitable exercife, but tend to lead 
you in to the true knowledgeof the gofpel, to which 
myfteries are fo efTential, that it is dcfigned by them 
and called' the wifdom ofGcdina myftery/ 1 
Cor. ii. 7. ; and the knowledge of which is fo ef- 
fential to Chriftianity, and fo abfolutely neceflfary 
to falvation, that the fame apoftle declares that ■ if 
4 our gofpel be hid, it is hid to them that are loft ; 

* in whom the god of this world hath blinded the 

* minds of them which believe not, left the light of 
' the glorious gofpel of Chritt, who is the image of 
f God, fhould fliine unto them* 2 Cor. iv. 5, 4. 

Again, if you fearch the fcriptures, you will fee 
many more proofs for every point than 1 have ad- 
duced, and perhaps many much more appotite ; 
tor thefe only are fet down at the bottom of tha 
page that firft occurred to me ; yet, I fuppofe, 
though fometimes but one, and fometimes more 
fcriptures are pointed out, they are fuch as fuffici* 
ently confirm the portions they relate to. But 


that other fcriptures might have been adduced m 
plenty, 1 (hall give one instance, in the paradox 
jnft now mentioned, viz. That every believer, while 
in this world, is both a devil and a faint. The lat- 
ter claufc is what none will deny, namely, That e- 
very true believer, is a faint ; for further proof of 
which, you might fee A&s xv. 9. and xxvi. 18, 
&c. But becaufe the firft claufe may feem more 
harfh, it may by fcripture be alfo further evinced 
two ways: \ft> In refpedt of the daily commiflion 
of fin he has to challenge himfelf with ; for the 
fcripture fays, Eccl. vii. 20. * There is not a juft 

* man upon earth, that doth good, and finneth not.' 
And with this compare 1 John iii. 8. * He that 
committcth fin, is of the devil. ■ Hence it is plain, 
there is not a juft man upon earth, but may, in ref- 
peel of the commiflion of fin, be called a devil, td(y, 
In refpedl of prevalent temptations, by which he 
may be hurried into thofe things' that favour not 

* of God, but of men;' on which account Chrift 
fays to Peter, Matth. xvi. 23. ' Get thee bekind me, 
Satan.' And if (Thrift calls Peter a devil, whom 
he had defcribed as a faint of the firft magnitude, 
ver. 1 7. one divinely blefled an denlightened ; what 
occafion may every believer have to call himfelf a 
devil ! Yea, it is a part of his faith and fan&ity, to 
fee and acknowledge, with fiiame before the Lord, 
his own deviliih and defperately wicked heart and 
nature ; which a blind, felf-conceited world are ig- 
norant of, being neither acquainted with themfelves, 
nor with God and his word. However, fo it is 
that the more any (hall fearch the fcripture, the 
more I hope, will they difcern, not only by the 
texts I have quoted, but from many others alfo, the 
truth and evidence of every part of this book, how- 


evermyfterious fome paflagesof it may fecm toma- 

Though fome of thefe lines may want the polite- 
nefs that can pleafe the curious age, yet, while they 
ftand firm upon a fcriptural foundation, none of 
them want authority, and that of the higheit na- 
ture, except in the account of mockers, and thofc 
(of whom there are too many in our day) that are 
either Deills, who undervalue the fcripture, or A- 
theifts, who deride it : and it is fadly to be regret- 
ted, that thofe people are hardened in their wick- 
ed principles and practices, by fome that perhaps 
have a higher profeflion. For, I have feen two 
prints, one called the Groan and another the Laugh, 
wherein fome lines, picked out among others, have 
been expofed to ridicule: but however fuch gen- 
tlemen may laugh at their own fport and wickedly 
divert thernfelves with ferious matters for a time, 
I fear their laughing will iffue in weeping for ever ; 
if God, by giving them repentance do not make 
them groan to purpofe, for the evidence they thus 
give of either their grievous ignorance of the fcrip- 
ture, or their grofs profanity, and of their readinefs 
to yield thernfelves inftruments of the devil, to pro- 
mote the Atheftical fpirit of the age, which is beat 
enough (without any fuch provocations) to laugh 
at every thing ferious, facred and fcriptural. This 
is fo palpable, without my obfervation upon it, and 
fo felf-evident to all that fear God, and have had 
the patience to read fuch prints, that I would not 
have thought them worth my noticing fo far, as to 
make this bare mention of them, had not Provi- 
dence put the pen in my hand to preface this cditi» 
on, wherein fcriptural proofs are added to that part 
of the book. 


Readffi % It gives me fatisfaclion enough to un» 
derftand, that this book has already been ufeful 
and edifying to fome, however it is entertained 
by others. The gofpel itfelf is to fome the favour 
of life, to others the favour of death ; to fome ivif- 
dom } t o others foolishnefs ; to fome marter of faith, 
love, and comfort, to others matter of mockery and 
fcorn. I (hall be far from thinking it any difcredit or 
difparagement to this book, if it meet with the like 
entertainment — May the Lord of heaven and earth, 
who over-rules all things accompany it in its jour- 
nies abroad or at home, with his blefling to many 
fouls ; and to his care I commend it, in the words 
of a famous Scots poet, upon Pf.ilm xxxv. i. 

Rerum fanete Opifex, ader,, 
Et patrocinio protege me tuo. 

Which maybe adapted to the matter in hand thu9; 

The truth which hell may critiche, 
Great God, be near to patronize. 



The Believer's Efpoufals : 

A Poem upon Isaiah liv. 5. Thy Maker 
is thy hup and. 

P 11 E F A C E. 

HARK, dying mortal, if the Sonnet prove 
A long of living &nd immortal love, 
5 Tis then thy grand concern the theme to know,' 
If life and immortality he fo. 
Are eyes to read, or ears to hear a trufH 
Shall both in deatii be cramm'd anon with dufl. ? 
Then trifle no: to pleafe thine ear and eye, 
But read thou, hear then, ior eternity. 
Purfue not ffiadows wing'd, but be thy chafe^ 
The God of glory on the field of grace : 
The viighty hunter 's name is loll and vain, 
That runs not this fubftantial prize to gain, 
Thele humble lines aifume 1:0 high pretence, 
To pleafe thy fancy, or allure thy fenfe : 
But aim, if everlaliing life's thy chafe, [gr^ce. 
To clear thy mind, and warm thy heart through 
A marriage fo myfterious 1 proclaim, 

Betwixt two parties of fuch diff'rent fame, 


26 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

That human tongues may blufh their names to tell, 
To wit, the Prince of Heav'n, the heir of belli 
But, on fo vaft a fubject, who can find 
Words fluting the conceptions of his mind ? 
Or, if our language with our thought could vie, 
What mortal thosght can raife itfelf fo high ? 
When words and thoughts both fail, may faith and 
Afcend by climbing up the fcripture (lair : [pray'r 
From iacred writ thefe ftrange efooufals may 
Be explicated in the foH'wing way. 


A general account of man's fall in A- 
dam, and the remedy provided in 
Christ : and a particular account of 
man's being naturally wedded to the 
law, as a covenant of works. 


The Fall of Ada::. 

OL D Adam once a heav'n of pleafure found 
While he with perfect innocence was crown'dj 
His wing'd affections to his God could move 
In raptures of delire, and drains of love. 
Man {landing fpotlefs, pure, and innocent, 
Could well the law of works with works content; 
Though then, (nor lince), ir could demand no lefs 
Than perfonal and perfect righteouluels : 
Thefe unto finlefs man were eafy term-, 
Though now beyond the reach of withered arms, 
The legal cov'nant then upon the field, 
Perfection fought, man could perfection yield, 

Chap, I. The Believer s Efpoujals. 27 

Rich had he, and his progeny remaiVd, 

Had he primeval innocence maintained : 

His life had been a reft without annov, 

A Icene of blifs, a paradife of joy. 

Cut fubtile Satan, in the ferpent hid, 

Propofing fair the fruit that GoJ foi bid, 

Man foon fedue'd bv hell's alluring; art, 

Did, difobedient, from the rule depart, 

Devour'd the bait, and by his bold offence 

Fell from his blilsful ftate of innocence *. 

Proltrate, he loft his God, his life, his crown. 

From all his glory tumbled headlong down ; 

Plung'd in a deep abyfs of Cm and wee, 

Where, void of heart to will, or hand to do; 

For's own relief he can't command a thought, 

The total ffiiri of what he can is nought. 

He's able only now t'increafe his thrall ; 

He can deftroy himfelf, and this is all. 

But can the hellilh brat Heaven's law fulfil, 

Whole precept high furmount his ftrength and 

Can filthy drofs produce a golden beam f [(kill ? 

Or poifon'd i'prings a falutif'rous ftream ? 

Can carnal minds, fierce enmity's wide maw, 

Be duly fubjecl to the divine law ? 

Nay, now its direful threat'nings muft take place 

On all the difobedient human race, 

Who do by guilt Omnipotence pro voice, 

Obnoxious Hand to his uplifted ftroke. 

They muft ingulf themfelves in endiefs woes, 

Who to the living God are deadly foes; 

Who natively his holy will gainfay, 

Mud to his awful juitice fall a prey. 

In vain do mankind new expecft, in vain 

By legal deeds immortal life to gain : 

* Gen. ill- 1 — 6. 

28 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

Nay, death is threaten'^, threats muft have their 
Or fouls that fin muft dief, as God is true, [due, 

S E C T. II. 

Redemption through Christ. 

THE fecond Adam, fov'reign Lord of all, 
Did, by his Father's authorifing call, 
From bofom of eternal love delcend, 
To fave the guilty race that him offend ; 
To treat an everlafting peace with thofe 
Who were and ever would have been his foes. 
His errand, never ending life to give 
To them whofe malice would not let him live; 
To make a match with rebels, and efpoufe 
The brat which at his love her fpite avows. 
Himfelf he humbled to deprefs her pride, 
And make his mortal foe his loving bride. 
But, ere the marriage can be folemniz'd, 
All lets muft be remov'd, all parties pleas'd. 
Lavv-righteoufnefs required, muft be procur'd, 
Law-vengence threatened, muft be full endur'd, 
Stern juftice muft have credit by the march, 
Sweet mercy by the heart the bride muft catch. 
Poor bankrupt I all her debt muft fit ft be paid, 
Her former hufband in the grave be laid : 
Her prefent lover muft be at the colt, 
To fave and ran Tom to the utter moll, 
If all thefe things this fuitor kind can do, 
Then he may win her, and her bleffing too. 
Hard terms indeed! while death's the firft demand ; 
But love is firong as death*, and will not Hand 
To carry on the fuit, and make it good, 
Though at the deareft rate of wounds and blood. 

\ Eze&. xviii; 4. * Song viii. fc 

Chap. I. The Believer's Efpoufals. £9 

The burden's heavy hut the back is broad, 

The glorious lover is the mighty G«d f. 

Kind bowels yearning in th' eternal Son, 

He left his Father's court, his heavenly throne: 

Afide he threw his mod divine array, 

And wrapt his Godhead in the veil of clay. 

Angelic armies, who in glory crown'd, 

With joyful harps his awful throne furround, 

Down to the cryftal frontier of the fky % 

To fee the Saviour born, did eager fly ; 

And ever fince behold with wonder frefh 

Their Sov'reign and our Saviour wrapt in fieftu 

Who in this garb did mighty love difplay, 

Rejioring what he never^took aivay\\ 9 

To God his glory, to the law its due, 

To heav'n its honour, to the earth its hue, 

To man a 1 ighteoufnefs divine, complete, 

A royal robe to fuit the nuptial rite. 

He in her favours, whom he lov'd h well, 

At once did pur chafe heav'n, and vanquifh hell. 

Oh ! unexampled love ! fo vaft, fo ftrong, 

So great, fo high, fo deep, fo broad, fo long ! 

Can finite thought this ocean huge explore, 

Unconfcious of a bottom or a fhore ? 

His love admits no parallel, for why, 

At one great draught of love he drank hell dry. 

No drop of wrathful gall he left behind ; 

No dreg to witnefs that he.was unkind. 

The fword of awful juftice pTerc'd his fide, 

That mercy thence might gufh upon the bride. 

The meritorious labours of his life, 

And glorious conqueft of his dying ftrife ; 

Her debt of doing, fufPring, both cancell'd, 

And broke the bars his lawful captive held. 

t Ifa- ix. 6. t Luke ii. 9—14. | Pfalm lxix. 4, 

3<d Gospel Sonnets. Part L 

Down to the ground the hellifh hod he threw, 
Then mourning high the trump of triumph blew, 
Attended with a bright feraphic band, 
Sat down enthron'd fublime on God's right hand} 
Where glorious choirs their various harps employ, 
To found his praifes with confed'rate joy. 
There he, the bride's flrong interceflbr fits, 
And thence the blefrmgs of his blood tranfmit?, 
Sprinkling all o'ver the flaming throne of Gad^ 
Pleads for her pardon his atoning blood i 
Sends down his holy co- eternal Dove, 
To (hew the wonders of incarnate love, 
To woo and win the bride's reluctant heart., 
And pierce it with his kindly killing dart ; 
By gofpel light to maniieft that now 
She has no further with the law to do ; 
That her new Lord has loos'd the fesi'ral tie, 
That once hard bound her or to do er dis ; 
That precepts, threats, no fingle mite can crave. 
Thus for her former fpouie he digg'd a grave ; 
The law fail to his crofs did nail and pin, 
Then bury'd the defunct his tomb within, 
That he the lonely widow to himfelf might win. 


Man's legal difpofition. 

BUT, after all, the bride's fo malecontent, 
No argument, fave pow'r, is prevalent 
To bow her will, and gain her heart's confent. 
The glorious Prince's (bit file disapproves, 
The law, her old primordial hufband, loves; 
Hopeful in its embraces life to have, 
Though dead and bury'd in her fuitcr's grave; 
Unibie to give life, as once before; 
Unfit to be a hufband any more. 

Chap. I. The Believer s Efpoufats. 3 1 

Yet proudly (he the new addrefs difdains, 

And all the bleft Redeemer's love and pains ; 

Though now his head, that crnel thorns did wound. 

Is with immoital glory circled round ; 

Archangels at his awful footftool bow, 

And drawing love fits fmiline on his brow. 

Though down he fends in gofpel- tidings gocd 

Epiftles of his love, fign'd with his blood : 

Yet lordly (lie the royal fuits rejects, 

Eternal life by legal works effects; 

In vain the living feeks amoni the dead*. 

Sues quick'ning comforts in a killing head. 

Her dead and bury'd hufband has her heart, 

Which can nor death remove, nor life impart. 

Thus all revolting Adam's blinded race 

In their firfl fpoule their hope and comfort place. 

They natively expect, if guilt them prefs, 

Salvation by a home-bred rightecufnefs : 

They look for favour in Jehovah's eyes, 

By careful doing all that in them lies. 

'Tis frill their primary attempt to draw 

Their life and comfort from vet'ran law ; 

They flee not to the hope the gofpel gives ; "p 

To truft a promife bare, their minds aggrieves, > 

Which judge the man that does,the man that lives, 3 

As native as they draw their vital breath, 

Their fend rccourfe is to the legal path. 

* Viy, lays old nature, in law-wedded man, 
1 Won't Heaven be pleas'd, if 1 do all I can ? 

If I conform my walk to nature's light, 
' And ftrive, intent to practsfe what is right ; 
4 Thus won't I by the God of heav'n be blefs'd, 
< And win his favour, if I do my bed ? [thrall, 
Good God ! (he cries) when prefs'd with debt and 
* Have patience with vie, and P ll pay thee all \\ 
Luke xxvi. 5. f Matth. xviii. 26, 

J2 Gospel Sonnets. Part L 

Upon their all, their beft, they're fondly mad, 

Though yet their ail is nought, their belt is bade 

Prowd man his can doss mightily exalts, 

Yet are his bright eft works but iplendid faults. 

A (inner may have fhews of good, but ftill 

The beft he can, ev'n at his beft, is ill. 

Can heav'n or divine favour e'er be win 

By thofe that are a mafs of bell and fin f 

The righteous law does numerous woes denounce 

Againft the wretched foul that fails but once : 

What heaps of curies on their hsads it rears, 

That have amaiVd the guilt of num'rous years ! 


Man's ftricfc attachment to legal terms, or to the law 

as a condition of life. 

SAY, on what terms then Heav'n appeas'd will 
Why, fure perfection is the leaft degree. [be ? 
Yea, more, full fatisfaction muft be giv'n 
For trefpafs done againft the laws ofr Heav'n. 
Thefe are the terms ; what mortal back fo broad, 
But muft for ever fink beneath the load , ? 
A rarifom muft be found, or die they muft, 
Sure, ev'n asjaftice infinite is juft. 
But, fays the legal, proud, felt- righteous heart, 
Which cannot with her ancient con fort party 

* What ! won't the goodnefs of the God of heav'n, 

* Admit of frnails, when greater can't be giv'n ; 
4 He knows our fall diminiih'd all our funds, 

6 Won't he accept of pennies now for pounds ? 

* Sincere endeavours for perfection take, 

6 Or terms more poffible for mankind make V 

Ah ! poor divinity, and jargon loofe ; 

Such hay and ftraw will never build the hoiife. 

Chap. I. The Believer's Efpoufals. 33 

Miftake not here, proud mortal, don't miftake, 

God changes not, nor other terms will make. 

Will divine faithfulnefs itfelf deny, 

Which (wore folemnly, Man fhall do or die J 

Will God moil true extend to us, forfooth, 

His goodnefs, to the damage of his truth f 

Will fpotlefs holinefs be baffled thus ? 

Or awful juftice be unjuft for us ? 

Shall faithfulnefs be faithlefs for our fake, 

And he his threats, as we hii precepts break I 

Will our great Creditor deny himfelf ; 

And for full payment take our filthy pelf ? 

Difpenfe with juftice, to let mercy vent ? 

And (lain his royal crown with 'minified rent I 

Unworthy thought 1 O let no mortal clod 

Hold fuch bale notions of a glorious God. 

Heav'n's holy cov'nant, made for human race> 

Confiftsj or whole of works, or whole of grace- 

If works will take the field, then works mult be 

For ever perfect to the laft degree : 

Will God difpenfe with lefs ? Nay, fure he won't 

With ragged toll his royal law affront. 

Can rag>, that Sinai flames will foon difpatch, 

E'er prove the fiery law's adequate match ? 

Vain man imift be divore'd, and choofe to take 

Another hufband, or a burning lake. 

We find the divine volume no where teach 
New legal terms within our mortal reach. 
Some make, though in the facred page unknown, 
Sincerity afiume perfection's throne : 
Bat who will boaft this bale usurper's fvvay ? 
Save minifters «f darknefs, that difplay 
Invented night to ftifle fcripture day I 
The nat'ralitl's fincerity is naught, 
That of the gracious is divinely taught ; 

A z 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part I. 

Which teaching keeps their graces, if fincere, 
Within the llrrtits of the golpel fphere, 
Where vaunting, none created graces fing, 
Nor boart of ftream*, but of the Lord the fpring. 
Sincerity's the foul of every grace, 
The quality of all the ranfom'd race. 
Of prornis'd favour 'tis a fruit, a claufe ; 
But no procuring term, no moving caufe. 

How unadvis'd the legal mind confounds 
The marks of divine favour with the grounds, 
And qualities of covenanted friends 
With the condition of the cov'nant blends? 
Thus holding golpel truths with legal arms, 
Miftakes new-cov'nant fruits for fed'ral terms. 
The joyful found no change of terms allows, 
But change of per Tons, or another fpcufe. 
The nature fame that finn'd mult do and dit\ 
IS'o milder terms in gofnel offers lie. 
For grace no other law abatement fhews, 
But how lav/ debtors may reftore its dues ; 
Re More, yea, through a Surety in their place, 
With double intVcft and a better grace. 
Here we of new terms of life are told, 
But of a hufband to fulfil the old ; 
With him alone by faith we're call'd to wed, 
And let no rival * brink the marriage -bed. * Enjoy* 


Mens vain attempt to feek life by Christ's rightecuf- 
nefs, joined with their owe ; and legal hopes natural 
to all. 

BUT ftill the bride reluclant difallows 
The junior (bit, and huo;s the fenior fpoufe. 
Such the old felfifh folly of her mind, 
So bent to lick the duft, and grafp the witfd, 

Chap. I. The Believer's Efpoufals. 35 

Alledglng works and duties of her own 
May for her criminal offence atone; 
She will her antic dirty robe provide, 
Which vain (he hopes will all pollutions hide. 
The filthy rags that faints away have flung, 
She holding, wraps and rolls hei (elf in dung. 
Thus maugre all the light the gefpel gives, 
Unto her nafral confort fondly cleaves. 
Through mercy let her royal match in veiw, 
She's loth to bid her ancient inMe adieu. 
When light of fcriptnre, reafon, common fenfe 
Can hardly mortify her vain pretence 
To legal rightceufr.cfs ; yet if at laft 
Her cor.fcience rcus'd begins to (land a'ghaftj 
Prcfs'd with rti"c dread o: hell, flie*l1 r.ifnly patcli, 
And halve a bargain with the preffei'd match ; 
In hopes his help, together with her cwu, 
Will turn to peaceful lYniles the wrathful frown. 
Though grace the rifing Sun delightful fmgs, 
With full falva'. ion in his golden wings. 
And rigntedtfTnefi e«»mp!ete ; the faith'lefs foul, 
Receivii g half the light, rejecTs the whole ; 
Revolve? the facred page, but leads purblind 
The gofpel-mcflaoe with the leoal mir.d. 
Men dream their (late, ah ! too, toofhghtlv view' 
Needs only be amended, r.ut renew'd ; 
Scorn to be wholly debtois unto orate, 
Hopeful their works may meliorate their cafe. 
They fancy prefent prayers, and future pains 
Will for their former failings make amends: 
To legal yokes they bow 7 their fervile necks 
And, lead foul flips their falfe repofe perplex, 
Think Jems' merits make up alldefecls. 
They patch his glorious robe with filthy rars, 
And burn but incenfe to their proper drags *, 

* Hab. i. 16, 


■k Gospel Sonnets. Part |. 

Difdain to ufe his ri^hteoufnefs alone, 

3ut as an aiding ftirr'p to mount rheir own; 

Thus in Chrift's room his rival felf enthrone, 

And vainly; would, drefs'd up in legal trim, 

Divide falvstion 'tween thcmfelves .nnd him. 

But know, vain man, that to h> fhare mud fall 

The glory of the whole, or none at all. 

In him all wifdom's hidden treafures lie *, 

And on the fulnefs of the Deity f. 

This (tore alone, immenfe, and never fpent, 

Might poor infolyent debtors well content ; 

Bat to hell-prifon jullly Heav'n will doom 

Proud fools that on their petty ftock prefume. 

The fofteft couch that gilded nature (plows, 

Can give the waken'd confcience no repofe. 

When God arraigns, what mortal pow'r canftai 

Beneath the terror of his lifted hand! 

Our fafety lies beyond the natural line, 

Beneath a purple covert all divine. 

Yet how is precious Chrift, the way, defpis'd, 

And high the way of life by doing priz'd ! 

But can its vot'ries all its levy (how ? 

They prize it rooft, who leait its burden know : 

Who by the law in part would favc his foul, 

Becomes a debtor to fulfil the whole + 

Its prisoner he remains, and without bail, 

*Till evVy mire L.e p? r id ; and if he fail, 

(As fure he mail, fince, by our finfuj breach, 

Perfection far furrnounts all mortal reaph), 

Then pnrs'd for ever mud his foul remain : 

And all the folk of God mu.ft fay. Amen 

Why, feeking that the Law [hould help allord, 

In honouring the law, he flights its Lord, 

Wlil) gives his law-fulfilling rigl teoufneis 

To be the naked tinner's perfect drefs; 

* Col. ii, 3. f Col. ii. to { Gal. v. 3 jj Dent xxv' 

Chap. I. Tie Believer's Efpcufats. $/ 

In which he might with fp^tlefs beauty fhine 

Before the face of Majetty divine : 

Yet, lo ! the firmer works with mighty pains 

A garment of.fas own ua hide his flams ; 

Ungrateful, overlooks the gifts of God, 

The robe wrought by his hand, dy'd in his blood* 

In vain the Son of God this web did weave. 
Could our vile rags fuiTicient {heiter give 
In vain he ev'ry thread of it did drav -, 
Could Goners be o'ermantled by the law. 
Can men's fal.yarion on their works be built, 
Whofe fail ell actions nothing are but guilt ? 
Or can the law iupprefs th' avenging flame, 
When now its only office is to damn t 
Did life come by the law in part or whole, 
Blc-ft Jefiis dy'd in vain to fave a foul. 
Thofe then who iife by legal mfaos expect; 
To them is Chriit become of no ejfttt * ; 
Becauie their legal mixtures do in fa6t 
Wildom's gi and projsel plainly counteract. 
How clofe proud carnal reafoning; combine, 
To frultrate fov'reign grace's great defign \ 
Man's heart by nature weds the law alone, 
Nor will another paramour enthrone. 

True, many feem by courie of life profane, 

o favour for the law to entertain : 
|tat break the bands, and call the cords away, 
That Would their raging lulls and paffions flay. 
let ev'n this reigning madnefs may declare, 
How ftri&ly wedded to the law they are ; 
For now (however rich they feem'd before) 
Hopeleis to pay law-deb:, they give it o'er, 
liike defp'rate debtors mad, itill run themfelvesin 
pefpair of lhcceii fuews their ftrong dtCne?, [more 
rill legal hope- are parch'd in luftrul firCS* 
f GaJ. i\, zi, y. 2. 4, 

3$ Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

' Let's give, fay they, our lawlefs will free fcope, 
' And live at random, for there is r.o hope\. % 
The law, that can't them help/they flab with hate, 
Yet fcorn to beg, or court another mate. 
Here lufts moil oppofite their hearts divide, 
Their beaftly paffion, and their bankrupt pride. 
In paffion they their native mate deface, 
In pride difdain to be oblig'd to grace. 
Hence plain as a rule 'gainft law they live, 
Ye: clofely to it as a cov'nant cleave. 
Thus legal pride lies hid beneath the patch, 
Aad ftrong averfion to the gofpel- match* 


The manner of a finner's divorce from 
the law in a work of humiliation, and 
of his marriage to the Lord Jesus 
Christ ; or> the way how a {inner 
comes to be a believer. 


Of a law-work, and the workings of legal pride under it, 

S O proud's the bride, fo backwardly difposM; 
How then fhall e'er the happy match be clos'd? 
Kind grace the tumults of her heart muft quell, 
And draw her heav'nward by the gates oi hell. 
The bridegroom's Father makes by'sholy Sp'rifc, 
His ftern commands with her ftiff conference meet; 
To dafli her pride, and fliew her utmoft need, 
Purfues for double debt with awful dread. 

f Jer. xviii- 12. 

Chap. II. The Believer's Efpoufals. 39 

He makes her former hufband's frightful ghoft 

Appear and damn her, as a bankrupt loft ; 

With aides, threat?, and Sinai thunder-claps 

Her lofty tow'r of legal bcafting faps. 

Thefe humbling ftorms, in high or low degrees, 

Heav'n's Majefty will meafure as he pleafe ; 

But ft ill he makes the fiery law at leaft 

Pronounce its awful fentence in her bread:, 

Till through the laiv* convict of being loft. 

She hopclefs to the law gives up the ghoft : 

Which now in rigour pomes full debt to crave 

And in clofe prtfoa caft; but not to fave. 

For now 'tis weak and can't (through our default) 

Irs greatett votaries to life exalt. 

But well it can command fire and flame, 

And to the loweft pi: of ruin damn. 

Thus doth ir, by commiffion from above, 

Deal with the bride, when Heav'u would court 

Lo! now (he ftartles at the Sinai trump, [her love. 

Which throws her foul into a difmal dump, 

Conicious another hufband {"at muft have, 

Elfe die for ever in deft nn5i ion's grave. 

Wiiile in conviction's jail (lie's thus inclos'd, 

Glad news are heard, the royal Mate's propositi. 

And now the fcornful bride's inverted ftir 

Is racking fear, he (corns to match with her. 

She dreads his fury, and defpaifs that he 

Will ever w 7 ed io vile a wretch as (he. 

And here the legal humour ilirs again 

To her prodigious lofs, and grievous pain : 

For when the Prince prefents himfelf to be 

Her hufband > then (he deems : Ah ! is not he 

Too fair a match for fuch a filthy bride ? 

Unconfcious that the thought bewrays her pride, 

* Gal. ii. 19. 

^o Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

Ev'n pride of merit, pride of righteoufnefs, 
Expe&ing Heav'n fhould love her for her drefs ; 
Unmindful how the fall her face did (lain, 
And made her but a black unlovely fvvain ; 
Ker whole primeval. beauty quite defac'd, 
And to the rank of fiends her form dcbas'd ; 
Without disfigur'd, and defil'd within, 
Uucapable of any thing but (in. 
Heav'n courts not any for their comely face, 
But for the glorious praife of fov reign grace, 
Elfe ne'er had courted one of Adam's race, 
Which all as children of cortuption be, 
Heirs rightful of immortal mifery. 
Yet here the bride employs her foolifn wit, 
For this bright match her ugly form to fit ; 
To daub her features o'er with legal paint, 
That with a grace {he may herfelf prefent. 
Hopeful the Prince with credit might her wed, 
If once fome comely qualities fne had. 
In humble pride, her haughty fpirit flags; 
She cannot think of coming ail in rags. 
Were flie a humble, faithful penitent, 
She dreams he'd then .contract with full content. 
Bale variet ! thinks ihe'd be a match for him, 
Did fhe but deck herfelf in handfome trim. 
Ah ! foolifh thoughts ! in legal deeps that plod. 
Ah ! lorry notions of a (bv'reign God 1 
Will Gi,d exppfe his great, his glorious Son, 
For our vile baggage to be fold and won ? 
Should finful modeiiy the match decline, 
Until its garb be brifk and fuperfine ; 
Alas! when (feould we fee the marriage-day ? 
"The happy bargain mud flee up for ay. 
Presumptuous fouls in furly mode fly, 
Bali-fa vioiirs of then.felyss would fondly be. 

Chap. II. The Believer's Efpou r ah. \\ 

Then hopeful th' other half their due will fall, 

Difdain to be in Jefus' debt for all. 

Vainly they fi'it would wafli rbemfclves, and then 

Addrefs the fountain to be walh'd more clean; 

Firft heal themfelves, and then expert the balm? 

Ah ! many (lightly cure their fudden qijal-m. 

They heal their conicier.ce with a tear or pray'r; 

And feek no other Chrift, but perifli There. 

O firmer ! fearch the froufej and fee the thief "] 

That fpoils thy Saviour's crown, thy foul's relief \ 

The hid, but heinous Cm of unbelief. J 

Who can pofTefs a quality that's good, 

Till fiift he come to Jems' cleaniing blood ? 

The pow'r that draws the bride, will alio lhew 

Unto her by the way her hellifh hue, 

As void of ev'ry virtue to commend, 

And full of ev'ry vice thsti will ofieiTA 

'Till fov 'reign grace the luilen biide (hall catch, 

She'll never fit herfelf for Inch a match. 

Moft qualify 'd they are in heav'n to dwell, 

Who $ee themfelves mrft qualify'd fcr hell; 

And. ere the bride can drink farvatibn's cup, 

Kind Heav'n moft reach to bell and lift her up: 

For no decorum e'er about her fourd, 

Is (lie bclov'd ; but on a nobler ground. 

Jshovah's love is like his rtatfrre free, 

Nor mult his creature challenge his decree; 

But low at fov'reign grace's 'foot (tool creep, 

Whole ways are fear chiefs, and hi* judgments 

Yet grace's (bit meets with refinance rude 

From haughty fouls ; for lack of innate good 

To recommend them. Thus the backward bride 

Affronts her fui:or with her modeft pride. 

Black hatred tor his offered love repays, 

Pride under maik of modefty difphys : 

42 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

In part would lave herfclf ; hence, fancy fouli 
Rejects the matchlefs Mate would fave in whole. 


Convi&ion of sin and wrath, carried on mere deeply 
and effeAually on the heart. 

S O proudly forward is the bride, and now 
Stern Heav'n begins to ftare with cloudier brow ; 
Law-curfes come with more condemning pow'r f 
To fcorch her confeience with a fiery fhowY, 
And more refulgant flames darted in ; 
For by the lanv the knowledge is of fin. * 
Black Sinai thund'ring louder than before, 
Does awful in her lofty bofom roar. 
Heav'n's furious florins now rife from evVy airlh]-. 
In ways more terrible to floake the earth\ y 
9 Till haughtinefs of men be funk thereby* 
That Chrijl alone may be exalted high. 
Now (table earth feems from her centre toft, 
And lofty mountains in the ocean loft. 
Hard rocks of flint, and haughty hills of pride, 
Are torn in pieces by the roaring tide. 
Each flam of new conviction's lucid rays 
Heart-errors, undifcern'd till now, difplays : 
Wrath's mafTv cloud upon the confeience break? 
And thus menacing Heav'n, in thunder (peaks : 
' Black wretch, thou madly under foot haft trode 
€ Th' authority of a commanding God ; 
€ Thou, like thy kindred that in Adam fell, *} 

* Art but a ls.w -renverfing lump of hell, > 

* And there by law and juftice doom'd to dwell. ' J 
Now, now, the daunted bride her ftate bewail 1 -, 
And downwards furls her felf- exalting fails; 

* Rom. iii. 20. f Wind, or quarter. } Ifa. ii. 17, 19. 

Chap. II. The Believer's Efpcufais. 43 

With pungent fear, and piercing terror brought 

To mortify her lofty legal thought. 

Why, the commandment comes y fin is revived*, 

That lay (o hid, while to the lav/ (he Hv'd ; 

Infinite majefty in God is feen, 

And infinite malignity in fin ; 

That to its expiation mult amount 

A facrifiee of infinite account. 

Juflice its dire feverity difplays, 

The law its vaft dimenfions open iays. 

She fees for this broad ftandard nothing meet^ 

Save an obedience finlefs and complete, 

Her cob-web right eoufnefs, once in renown, 

Is with a happy vengeance now fwept down. y 

She who of daily faults could once but prate, 

Sees now her finful, miferable (late. [dwell, 

Her heart, where once {he thought fome good to 

The devil's cab'net fiU'd w ; ith trafh of hell. 

Her boafled features now unmafked bare, 

Her vaunted hopes are plung'd in deep defpair. 

Her haunted fhelter-houfe in bypaft years, 

Comes tumbling dov/n about her frighted ears. 

Her former rotten faith, love, penitence, 

She fees a bowing *iva//, and lettering fence. 

Excellencies of thought, and word and deed, 

All fwimming, drowning in a fea of dread ; 

Her beauty now deformity fhe deems, 

Her heart much blacker than the devil leems. 

With ready lips fhe can herielf declare 

The vileft ever breath'd in vital air. 

Her former hopes, as refuges of lies, 

Are fwept away, and all her boafting dies. 

She once imagin'd Heav'n would be unjuft 

To damn lb many lumps of human dull, 

Rom. vii. 9. 

44 Gospel Sonnets. Part !• 

Form'd by himfelf ; but now Hie owns it true, 

Damnation furely U the Tinner's due : 

Yea, now applauds the law is juft doom fo well, 

That juftly (he condemns herfelf to hell ; 

Does herein divine eq<iity acquit, 

Herfelf adjudging to the Inweft pit. 

Her language, f Oh! if God condemn, I muft 

f From bottom of my foul declare him juft. 

* But if his great ialvation me embrace, 

f How loudly will I fing furprizing grace I 

f If from the pit he to the throne me raife, 

i I'll rival angels in his end'eis praile. 

i If hell-deferving me to heav'n he bring, 

€ No heart to glad, no tongue fo loud {hall ling. 

' If wifdom has pot laid the faving plan, 

c I nothing have to claim, I nothing can. 

f My works but fin, my merit death 1 fee ; 

f Oh! mercy, mercy, mercy,! pity me.' 

Thus all feif-juftify : ng pleas are dr«pp'd, 

IVIoft guilty ihe becomes, her mouth is ftopp'd. 

Pungent remorfe does her paft conduct blame, 

And flufli her conlcious cheek with fpreadingfhame. 

Her felf -conceited heart is felf- convict, 

With barbed arrows of ccmptmclirn prick' d : 

Wonders, how jultice fpares her vital breath, 

How patient Heav'n adjcurns the day of wrath ; 

How pliant earth does not with open jaws 

Devour her, Korah-Iike, for equal caufe ; 

How yawning he!!, that gapes for fuch a prey, 

Is fruftrare with a further hour's delay. 

She that conld once her mighty works exalt, 

And boaft devotion fram'd without a fault, 

Extol her nat'ral pow'rs, is now brought down, 

Her former madnefs, not her pow'rs to oun. 

Her prefent beggar'd (late, moft void of grace, 

Unable even to wail her woful cafe, 

Chap. II. The Belicvsr* s Efpoufals. 

Quite pow'rlefs to believe, repenr, or pray ; 
Thus pride of duties flies and di<"s away. 
She, like a harden'd wretch, a ftupid it me, 
Lies in the dull, and cries, Undone, Undone, 



The deeply humbled foul relieved with fome faving dif- 
coveries of Christ tae Redeemer. 

WHEN thu« the wounded bride perceives full well 
Herfelf tlie vtleft (inner out of hell, 
The blacked monfter in the univerfe ; 
Penfive if clouds of woe fhall e'er difperfe. 
When in her brcaft HeavVs wrath fi.fiercelyglowsV 
'Twixt fear and guilt her bones have do repofe. 
When flawing billows of amazmg dread 
Swell to a deluge o'er her (inking head ; 
When nothing in her heart is found to dwell, 
But horrid Aiheifm, enmity, and hell ; 
When endlefs death and ruin feems at hand, 
And yet {he cannot for her fool command 
hftgh to eafe it, or a gracious thought , 
Though heav'n could at this petty rate be bought* 
When duknefsand confufion overcloud, 
And unto black defpair temptations croud i 
When wholly without flrength to move or ftir. 
And not a ftar by night appears to her : 
But (he, while to the brim her trouble^ flow, 
Stands, trembling on the utmoft brink of woe. 
Ah 1 weary cafe ! Bur, lo ! in this fad plight 
The iun arifes with furprifing light. 
The darkeft midnight is his ufual time 
Of rifmg and appearing in his prime, 
To (hew the hills from whence ffilvation fprings, 

And chafe the gloomy fhades with golden wings,. 

46 Gospel Sonnets. Part I 

The ojlorious Hufband now avails his face. 
And mews his glory full of truth and grace *; 
Prefents unto the bride in that dark hour, 
Himfelf a Saviour, both by price and pow'r : 
A mighty helper to redeem the loft, 
Relieve and ranfom to the uttermoftf ; 
To feek the vagrant iheep to deferts driv'n, 
And fave from loweft hell to higheft heav'n. 
Her doleful cafe he fees, his bowels move, 
And makes her time of need, his time of lovej; 
He {hews, to prove himfelf his mighty fhield, 
His name is JESUS, by his Father feal'd : \\ 
A name with attributes engrav'd within, 
To fave from ev'ry attribute of fin. 
With wifdom fin's great folly to expofe, 
And righteoufnefs its chain of guilt to loofe, 
SanClification to fubdue its fway, 
Redemption all its woful brood to flay §• 
Each golden letter of his glorious name 
Bears full deliv'rance both from firt and fhame. 
Yea, not privation bare from fin and woe. 
But thence all pofuive falvation flew, 
To make her wife, juft, holy, happy too. 
He now appears a match exaclly meet 
To make her ev'ry way in him complete, 
In whom the fulnefs of the Godhead dwells * , 
That (he may boaft in him, and nothing elfe. 
In gofpel lines (lie now perceives the dawn 
Of Jems' love with bloody pencil drawn ; 
How God in him is infinitely pleas'd, 
And Heav n's avenging fury whole appeas'd : 
Law- precepts magoify'd by her beiov'd, 
And ev'ry let to it op the match remov'd. 

* John i. 1 4* t Heb. vii. 25. \ Ezek. xvi- 6, 8. 
I Matt. 1. 21. § 1 Cor. i. Jp. * Col. ii. 9, iai 

Chap. II. The Believer s Efpoufals. a! 

Now in her view her prifon-gates break ope, 
Wide to the walls flies up the door of hope ; 
And now (he fees with pleafure unexprefs'd 
For fhatter'd barks a happy fhoreof reft. 


The working of the Spirit of faith in feparating the heart 
from all felf-righteoufnefs, and drawing out its confent 
to, and defire after Christ alone and wholly. 

THE bride at Sinai little underftood, [good, 
How thefe law-humblings were defign'd for 
T* enhance the valae of her Hufband's blood. 
The tow'r of tott'ring pride thus batter'd down, 
Makes way for Chrift alone to wear the crown. 
Conviction's arrows pierc'd her heart, that fo 
The blood from his pierc'd heart, to hers might flow. 
The law's fharp plough tears up the fallow ground, 
Where not a grain of grace was to be found, 
Hii ftraight perhaps behind the plough is fown 
The hidden feed of faith, as yet unknown. 
Hence now the once reluclant bride's inclin'd 
To give the gofpel an ajfenting mind, 
y.fpos'd to take, would grace the pow'r impart, 
ieav'n's offer with a free confenting heart. 
lis Spirit in the gofpel chariot rides, 
ind fhews his loving heart to draw the bride's ; 
^ hough oft in clouds bis drawing pow'r he hides, 
lis love in gracious offers to her bears, 
i kindly anfwers to her doubts and fear?, 
efolving all objections more or lefs 
rom former fins, or prefent worthieflhefs. 
erfuades her mind of's conjugal confent, 
nd then impow'rs her heart to fay, Content, 
ontent to be divorced from the law, 
o more the yoke of legal terms to draw. 

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Content that he diffblve the former match, 

And to himfelf alone her heart attach. 

Content to join with Chtifr. at any rate, 

And wed him as her everlaftingr mate. 

Content that he fhould ever wear the bays, 

And of her whole falvation have the praife. 

Content that he mould rife, though d\Q mould fall, 

And to be nothing, that he may be all. 

Content that he, becaufe fhe nought can do, 

Do for her all her work, and in her too. 

Here fhs a peremptory mind difplays, 

That he do all the work^ get all the praife. 

And now {he is, which ne'er till now took place,* 

Content entirely to be fav'd by g-ace. 

She owns that her damnation juftr wbuld be, 

And therefore her falvation mult be free : 

That nothing being hers but fin and thrall, 

She mull be debtor unto grace for all. 

Hence comes {lie to him in her naked cafe^* 
To be inverted with his rightecufnels. 
She come?, as guilty, to a pardon free ; 
As vile and filthy, to a deanfing lea :' 
As poor and empty, to the richeft (lock ; 
As weak and feeble to the ftrongeit rock: 
As perifhina, unto a fhield from thrall; 
As worfe than nothing, to an all in all. 
She is a blinded mole, an igu'rant fool, 
Comes for inft ruction to the Prophet's fchool. 
She, with a hel'i-defervirig confcious breaft - 9 
Flees for atonement to the worthy Prieft. 
She, as a fiave to fin and Satan, wings 
Her flight for help unto the King of king?, 
She all her maladies and plagues brings forth 
To t his Phviician of eternal worth. 
She fpreads before hi 5 throne her filthy lore ; 
And lays tier broken bones down at his door. 

Chap. II. The Believer's Fftoujxls. 49 

No mitt (he has to buy a crumb of blifs, 
And therefore comes impov'i iihed, as (he is, 
By fin and Satan of all good bereft, 
Comes e'en as bare as they her foul have leit. 
To fenfe, as free of holinefs within, 
As Chrift: the fporlefs Lamb, was free of fin. 
She comes by faith, true ; but it faews her w,4nfj 
And brings her as a finner, not a laint ; 
A wretched finner flying for her good, 
To jullifying, fancftifying blood. 
Strong faith no ftrength nor pow'rof acling, vaunt?, 
But acts in fenfe of weaknefs and of want?. 
Drain'd now of ev'ry things that men may call 
Terms and conditions of relief from thrall; 
Except this one that Jefus be her all. 
When to the bride he gives efpoufing faith, 
It finds her under fin, and guilt, and wrath, 
And makes her as a plagued wretch to fall 
At Jefus footftuol for the cure of all. 
Her whole fa 1 vat ion now in him (he fecks, 
And muling thus perhaps in fee ret fpeaks : 
1 Lo! all my burdens may in him be easM 
Thejuflice I offended he haspieas'd ; 
The blifs that I have forfeit he procured ; 
The curfe that I deferved be endur'd ; 
The law that I have broken he obey'd.j 
The debt that 1 contracted he has paid \ m 
And though a march unfit for him 1 be. 
I find him ev'rv way mofl fit for me. 
'Sweet Lord, 1 think, would thou thy ell . r^arr, 
I'd vvelcome thee with open hand and heart. 
But tbou that faveft by price mull lave by puwVi 
O ftr,d thy Spirit in a fiery fkow*tf, 
This cold and frozen heart of mine to thaw, 
That nought, lave cords of burning love, can d: aw 


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draw me, Lord, then will I run to thee, 
And glad into thy glowing bofom flee. 

1 own rnyfeif a mafs of fin and hell, 
A brat that can do nothing but rebel 
But didft thou not, as facred pages (hew *, 
(When rifing up to fpoil the hellifh crew, 
That had by thonfands, Tinners captive made, 
And hadft in conq'ri.n; chains them captive led), 
Get donatives, not for thy proper gain, 
But royal bounties for rebellious men, 
Gifts, graces, and the Spirit without bounds, 
For God's new houfe with man on firmer grounds? 
O then let me a rebel now come i'peed, 
Thy holy Spirit is the gift I need. 
His precious graces too, the glorious grant, 
Thou kindly promised, and 1 greatly want. 
Thou art exalted to the higheft place, 
To give repentance forth, and ev'ry grace -j-. 
O Giver of fpiritual life and breath, 
The author and the fmifhtr of faith £ ; 
Thou huiband-like mult ev'ry thing provide, 

4 If e'er the like of me become thy bride.' 


Faith's view of the freedom of grace, cordial renuncia- 
tion of all its own ragged righteoufnefs, and formal 
acceptance of and doling, with the perfon of glorious' 

THE bride with oped eyes, that once were dim, 
Sees now her whole ialvaticn lies in him ; 
The Prince, who is not in defpenfiag nice, 
But freely gives without her pains or price. 
This magnifies the wonder in her eye, 
Who no; a farthing has wherewith to buy ; 

Pfal, lxyiii. 1 8. f Afts. v- Z l - \ Heb - *& 2 

Chap. II. The Believer's Ffpoufals. 51 

For now her humbled mind can difavow 
Her boafted beauty and alTuming brow ; 
With confcious eye difcern her emptinefs, 
With candid lips her poverty confefs. 
i O glory to the Lord, that grace is free, 
' Elie never would it light on guilty me. 
* I nothing have with me to be its price, 
4 But heilifh blackneis, enmity, and vice.' 
In former times fhedurfl: preiumingcome 
To grace's market with a petty ium 
Of duties, prayers, tears, a boafted fet, 
Expecting Heav'n would thus be in her debt. 
Thefe were the price, at leaft (he did fuppofe 
She'd be the welcomer becaufe of thofe : 
But now fhe fee's the vilenefs of her vogue ; 
The dung that dole doth ev'ry duty clog j 
The fin that doth her holiuefs reprove, 
The enmity that clofe attends her love ; 
The great heat-hardnefs of her penitence, 
The llupid dulnefs of her vaunted fenfe; 
The unbelief of former blazed faith, 
The utter nothingnefs of all {lie hath. 
The blackneis of her beauty (he can fee, 
The pompous pride of llraiu'd humility, 
The naughtinefs of all her tears and pray'rs, 
And now renounces all as worthlels wares; 
And finding nothing to commend her ft If, 
But what might damn her, her embezzled pelf; 
At fov'reign grace's feet does proftrate fall, 
Content to be in Jefus' debt for all. 
Her noifed virtues vanifh out of fight, 
As ftarry tapers at meridian light ; 
While fweerly, humbly, fhe beholds at length 
Chrift, as her only righteoufnefs and ftrength. 
He with the view throws down his loving dart, 
Impreft with pow'r into her lender heart. 

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The deeper that the law's fierce dart was thrown, 
The deeper now the dart of love goes down : 
Hence, fweetly pain'd, her cries to heav'n do flee ; 
O none but Jefus, none but Chrift for me : 
O glorious Chrift, O beauty, beauty rare, 
Ten thoufand thcufand heav'ns are not fofair. 
In him at once all beauties meet and fhine, 
The white and ruddy, human and divine. 
As in his low, he's in his high abode, 
The blighted image of the unfeen God *. 
How juftly do the harpers fing above, 
His doing, dying, riling, reigning love ! 
How juftly does he, when his work is done, 
Poflfefs the centre of his Father's throne I 
How juftly does his awful throne befora 
f Seraphic armies proftrate him adore ; 
J That's both by nature and donation crown J d, 
With all the grandeur of the Godhead round: 
1 But wilt thou, Lord, in very deed eotne dwell 
* With me, that was a burning brand of hell? 
? With me fo juftly reckon'd worfe and lefs 
* Than infect, mite, or atom can exprefs ? 
f Will thcu dtb.ife thy high imperial form, 
f To march with fuch a mortal, crawling worm ? 
i Yea, lure thine errand to our earthly coaft, 
s Was in deep love to fee!: and favsi the loft f ; 
' And fince thou deign'd the like of me to wed, 
' O come and make my heart thy marriage-bed, 
' Fair Jefus, wilt thou marry filthy me I 
\ Amen, Amen, Amen ; fo let it be. 

* Heb. i. Z- t Luke xix. iA. 

Chap. III. The Believer's Efpcupts, 53 


The Fruits of the believer's marriage 
with Christ, particularly gofpel-ho- 
linefs and obedience to the law as a 


The Tweet folemnity of the marriage now over, and the 
lad effects of the remains of a legal ipirk. 

TH £ match is made with little noife 'tis done, 
But with great power, unequal prizes won. 
The Lamb has fairly won his worthlels bride; 
She her great Lord, and all his ftore belide. 
He made the pooreil bargain, though mod wife; 
And (he, the fool, has won the worthy prize. 

Deep floods of everlafting love and arace, 
That under ground ran an eternal fpace, 
Now rife aloft 'bovc banks of fin and hell, 
And o'er the tops of rnafTy mountains fwell. 
In itreams of blood are tovv'rs of guilt o'erflown, 
Down with the rapid purple current thrown. 

The bride now as her all cain Jefus own, 
And predate as his tbotft< ol cult ner crown, 
Declaiming all her former grourdlefs hope, 
While in toe dark her foul did v v grt)p*g 
Down tumble all the the hills of fell-conceit, 
In him aione fne fees berfelf conip't'.y ; 
Does his fair perfon with fond arms imbrace, 
And all her hopes on his full merit place ; 
Difcard her former mate, and henceforth draw. 
No hope, no expect aiion from the law. 

Though thus her new-created nature foars, 
And lives aloft on Jefus' heav'nly ftore»s \ 


54 Gospel Sonnets. Parti. 

Yet apt to ftray, her old adult'rous heart 
Oft takes her old renounced hufband's part : 
A legal cov'nant is fo deep ingrain'd, 
Upon the human nature laps'd and ftain'd, 
That, till her fpirit mount the pureft clime, 
She's never totally divorc'd in time. 
Hid in her corrupt part's proud bcfom lurks 
Some hope of life ftill by the law of works. 
Hence flow the following evils more or lei's : 
referring oft her partial holy drefs, 
Before her Hulbiind's perfect righteoufnefs. 

Hence joying more in grace already giv'n 
Than in her Head and ftock that's all in heav'n. 
Hence grieving mere the want of frames and grace, 
Than of him (elf the fpring of all folace. 

Hence guilt her foul i'rriprifons, iuits prevail, 
While to the law her rents infolent fail, [bail. 
And yet her fakhlefs heart rejects her Hufband's 

Hence foul diforders rife and racking fears, 
While doubtful of his clearing pad arrears ; 
Vain dreaming^ fince her own obedience fails, 
His likev/jfe little for her help avails. 

Hence duties are a talk, while all in view 
Is heavy yokes of law?, or old or new : 
Whereas^ were Gnce her legal bias broke, 
She'd find her Lord's command an eafy yoke. 
No gailiag precepts on her neck be lays, 
Nor any debt demands, five what he pays 
By prorais'cl aid ; but lo ! the grevious law, 
Demanding brick, won't aid her with aftraw. 

Hence ajfo fretful, grudging, difconten-r, ~) 

Crav'd by the law, finding her treafure fpent, £' 
Bnd doubting if her Lord will pav the rent. 
Hence pride of duties too does often fwell, 
FrefumLng foe perfonai'd fo very well, 

Chap. III. The BcReoers EjfoufaU. 55 

Hence pride of graces and inherent worth 
Springs from her corrupt legal bias forth ; 
And boaftirig more a prefer* t withering frame 
Than her exalted Lord's unfading name. 

Hence many falls and plunges in the mire, 
As many new converfions do require : 
Bccaufe her faithlefs heart fad follies breed, 
Much lewd departure from her living Head, 
Who, to reprove her aggravated crimes, 
Leaves her abandoned to kerfelf at times ; 
Thar, failing into frio-htful deeps, flie may 
From fad experience learn more flrefs to lay, 
Not on her native efforts, but at length 
OnChriit alone, her righteoufnefs and tlrength : 
Confcious, while in her works fhe Peeks repofe, 
Her legal fpirit breeds her many woes. 


F: vittqries over fin and Satan, through new and far- 

ther gilcoveries of Christ, making believers more 
fruitful in holinels than all other pretenders to works. 

THE gofpel-path leads heav'n- ward ; hence the 
pow'rsftiH pnih the bride the legal way. [fray, 
So hoc the war, her life's a troubled flood, 
A Held of battle, and a fcene of blocd. 
But he that once commenced the work in her, 
Whole working fingers drop the fweetefi myrrh, 
Wffl (t;il advance it by alluring force, 
And, from her ancient mate, more clean divorce s 
Since 'tis her antiquated fpoufe the law, 
The ftrentfth of fin and he!) did on her draw, 
riece-rneal fhe finds hell's mighty force abate, 
By new recruits from her almighty Mare. 
Frefh armcur lent from grace's magazine, 
flakes her proclaim eternal war with fin. 


Go spec Sonnets, 

Part I. 

The ftiield of faith, dipt in the Surety's blood, 

Drowns fiery darts, as in a crimfon flood. 

The Captain's ruddy banner, lifted high, 

Makes hell retire, and ail the furies fly. 

Yea, of his glory every recent glance 

Makes (in decay, and holinefs advance. 

In kindnefs therefore does her heav'nly Lord 

Renew'd difcov'ries of his love afford, 

That herenamour'd foul may with the view 

Be caft into his holy mould anew : 

For when he manifefts his glorious grace, 

The charming favour of his fmiling face, 

Into his image fair transforms her foul * , 

And wafts her upward ro the heav'nly pole, 

From glory unto glory by degrees, 

Till vifion and fruition (hall fuffice. 

And thus in holy beauty Jems' bride 

Shines far beyond the painted fons of pride, 

Vain merit- vouchers, and their iubtle apes, 

In all their mod refm'd, delufive fh.apes. 

No lawful child is ere the marriage bom ; 

Though therefore virtues feign'd their life adorn. 

The fruit they bear is but fpurious brood, 

Before this happy marriage be made good. 

And 'tis not ft range ; for, from a corrupt tree 

No fruit divinely good produc'd can be [. 

But lo ! the bride, graft in the living lioor, 

Beings forth moft precious aromatic fruit. 

When her new heart and her new Hufband meet, 

Her fruitful womb is like a heap of wheat, "j 

Befet with fragrant lilies round about f, 

All divine graces, in a comely rout, 

Burning within, and fhining bright without. 

* 2 Cor. iii. 18. J Matt. vii. 17, 18. 

t Cant, vii 2. 


Chap. III. f6c Believer's Efpcufals. 57 

And thus the bride, as facred fcripture faith, 

When dead unto the law through Jefus'death *, 

And match'd with him, bears to her God and Lord 

Accepted fruit, with incenfepure decor'd. 

Freed from law-debt, and blefs'd with gofpel eafe, 

Her work is now her deareft Lord to pleafe, 

By living on him as her ample flock, 

And leaning to him as her potent rock. 

The fruit, that each law wedded mortal brings 

To felf accrefces, as from felf it fprings. 

So bafe a rife miift have a bafe recourfe, 

The dream can mount no higher than its fource. 

But Jefus can his bride's fweet fruit commend, 

As brought from him the root, to him the end. 

She does by fuch an offspring hir^ avow 

To be her Alpha and Omega tfcjo. 

The work and warfare he begins, he crowns, 

Though maugre various conflict?, ups and downsj 

Thus through the darkfome vale fhe makes her way 

Until the morning-dawn of glory's day. 


rue faving faith magnifying the law, both as a covenant, 
and as a rule. Falfe faith unfruitful and ruining. 

PROUD nature may reject this gofpel- 1 he me^ 
And curfe it as an Antinomian icheme. 
Let (Under bark, let envy grin and fight, 
The curie that is fo caufelefs {hall not light -j*. 
If they that fain would make by holy force 
'Twixt finners and the law a clean divorce, 
And court the Lamb a virgin chafte to wife, 
Be charg'd as foes to holinefs of life, 

* Rom. vii- 4. \ Prov. xxvi. 2. 

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Gospel Sonnets. 

Part I. 

Weil may they differ gladly on this fcore, 

Apoftles great was fo malign'd before. 

Do we make void the law through faith J? nay, why, 

We do it more fulfil and magnify 

Then fiery feraphs can with holieft flam ; 

Avant, vain leg&lifts, unwonhy trafh. 

When as a covenant ftern the law commands, 
Faith puts her Lamb's obedience in its hands ; 
And when its threats guih out a fiery flood, 
Faith flops the current with her victim's blood. 
The law can crave no more, yet craves no lefs, 
Than adlive, paffive, per feci righteoulbefs. 
Yet here is all, yea, more than its demand, 
All render'd to it by a diVine baud. 
Mankind is bound law-ftrvue Mill to pay, 
Yea, angel-kind is alio bound t f obey. 
It may by human and angelic blaze 
Have honour, but in finite partial ways. 
Thefe natures have its luftre once defae'd, 
'Twill be by part of both for ay difgrae'd, 
Yet, had they all obfequious ftood and true, 
They'd giv n the law no more than homage due. 
But faith gives't honour yet more great, more odd, 
The high, the humble lervice of its God. 

Again to view the holy law's command, 
As lodged in a Mediator's hand ; 
Faith gives it honour, as a rule of life, 
And makes the bride the Lamb's obedient wife. 
Due homage to the law thofe never did, 
To whom th* obedience pure of faith is hid. 
Faith works by love*, and purifies the heartf, 
And truth advances in the inward part ; 
On carnal hearts imprefTes divine itamps, 
And fully'd lives inverts to mining lamps. 

I Rom. iii. 31. 

Eph. ii. 10. f Gal. v. Q. 

Chzp. III. The Believer" } s Ef(joufah. $9 

From Abram's [ted that are moil flrong in faith. 

The law moil honour, God molt glory hath. 

But due refnec't to neither can be found, "| 

Where unbelief ne'er got a mortal wound, [ 

To (till the virtue-vaunter's empty found. J 

Good works he boafts, a path he never trode, 

Who is not yet the workmanfhip of God J, 

In Jefus thereunto created new ; 

Nois'd works that fpring not hence are but a fhew. 

True faith, that's of a noble divine race, 

Is Hill a holy fandlifying grace : 

And ureater honour to the law does fliare, 

Than boaiters all that breathe the vital air. 

Ev'n heathen morals vaftly may outfhine 

The works that flow not from a faith divine. 

Pretenfions high to faith a number have, 
But, ah ! it is a faith that cannot fave : 
We trull, fay they, in Chrift, we hope in God i 
Nor blufh to blaze their rotten faith abroad. 
Nor try the trull of which they make a fhew, 
U of a laving or a damning hue. 
They own their fins are ill; true, but 'tis fad 
They never thought their faith and hope were 
How evident'sthtir home-bred nat'ral blaze, [bad. 
Who dream they have believ'd well all their days ; 
Yet never felt their unbelief, nor knew 
Toe need of pow'r their nature to renew t 
Blind (ouls that boail of faith, yet live in (in, 
May hence conclude their faith is to begin ; 
Or know they fhail, by fecli an airy faith, 
Believe ihemlelves to eveilaflino; wrath. 
Faith tliat nor leads to good, nor keeps from ill, 
Will never lead to heav'n, nor keep from hell. 
The body without breath is dead* ; no lefs 
Is faith without the works of holinefs f . 

X Eph. ii. 9. * James ii, 26, f James ii. 1 7? 20* 

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How rare is faving faith, when earth is cramm'd 
With fuch as will believe, and yet be damn'd ; 
Believe the gofpel, yet with dread and awe 
Have never truly firft believ'd the law ? 
That matters fhall be well, they hope too foon 
Who never yet have feen they were undone. 
Can of falvation their belief be true, 
Who never yet believ'd damnation due ? 
Can thefe of endlefs life have folid faith, 
Who never fear'd law- threats of endlefs death : 
Nay, fail'd they ha'nt yet to the healing fhore; 
Who never felt their finful, woful fore. 

Imaginary faith is but a blind. 
That bears no fruit but of a deadly kind : 
Nor can from fuch a wild unwholefome root 
The lead production rife of living fruit. 
But faving faith can fuch an offspring breed, 
Her native product is a holy {~eed. 
The fa i reft i flues of the vital breath 
Springs from the fertile womb of heav'n-born faith j 
Yet boafts (he nothing of her own, but brings 
Auxiliaries from the King of kings, 
Who graves his royal law in rocky hearts, 
And graciousaid in foftening fnow'rs imparts: 
This gives prolific virtue to the faith, 
Infpir'd at firft by his almighty breath. 
Hence, fetching all her fuccours from abroad/ 
She ffiill employs this mighty pow'r of God. 
Drained clean of native pow'rs and legal aim?, 
No ftreogth but in and from Jehovah claims:' 
And thus her fervice to the law o'ertops 
The tow'ring zeal of Fharifaic fops. 

Chap, III. The Believer's EJp&ufoh. £t 


The Believer only, being married to Chi iff, isjuilitied a:: J. 
fanclified : and the more gofpel frerdom from the lav- 
as a covenant, the more holy conformity to it as a rule. 

THUS doth the Hufband by his Father's will 
Both for and in his bride the law fulfill : 
For her, as 'tis a covenant ; and then 
In her, as 'tis a rule of life to men. 
Firft, all law-debt he mod completely pays, 
Then of law duties all the charge defrays. 
Does firft aflumc her guilt, and loofe her chains, 
And then with living water wafh her flains , 
Her fund reftore, and then her form repair, 
And makes his filthy bride a beauty fair ; 
His perfect righttoufnefs muft freely grant, 
And then his holy image deep implant ; 
Into her heart his precious ie^d indrop. 
Which in his time will yield a glorious crop. 
Bur by alternate turns his plants he brings 
Through robbing v/inters and repairing fprinns. 
Hence, pining oft, they fuffer fad decays 
B/ dint of fhady nights and ft or my days. 
But bled with lap, and influence from above, 
They live and grow anew in faith and Iovq , 
Unci] tranfplanteH ro the higher lod, 
Where furies tread no more, nVrloies fpo'.L 
While Chnft rhe i \ foot t^fhajns >.\ :.. -.. 
i ne i!(.'bie punt o- or ice can never die , 
Nature decays, a;).! fo w ill all the Fruit 
Triar merely rties on a mortal n>ut. 

■ ' >-, hi Jer fplendid, are but dct,; ; 
That from a liv'n ^ fountain don't proceed ; 
Thtrir iVireft fruit is but a garnifh'd Ihrine, 
That are not grafted in t\ e Icriyus V; e« 


62 Gospel Sonnets, , Part I. 

Devout eft hypocrites are rank'd in rolis 
Of painted puppets, not of living fouls. 

No off-pring but of Chrift's fair bride is good, 
This happy marriage has a holy brood. 
Let (fritters learn his myftery to read, 
We bear ro glorious Chrift no precious feed, 
Till through the law, we to the law be dead*. 
No true obedience to the law, but forc'd, 
Can any yield, till from the law divorc'd. 
Nor to it, as a rule is homage giv'n, 
T'xWfrom it, as a covenant* men be driv'n. 
Yea more, till once they this divorce attain, 
Divorce from (in they but attempt in vain ; 
The curled yoke of (in they bafely draw, 
Till once unyoked from the curling law* 
Sin's full dominion keeps its native place, 
While men are under law, not under grace \. 
For mighty hills of enmity won't move, 
Till touched by conquering grace and mighty love, 

Were but the goipel -itcret understood; 
How God can pardon where he fees no good ; 
How grace and mercy free, that can't be bought, 
Reign through a righteoufnefs already wrought : 
Were wofui reigning unbelief depos'd, 
Myfterious grace to blinded minds difclos'd j 
Did Keav'n with goipel-news its pow'r convey, 
And iinners hear a faithful God but fay, 

* No more law-debt remains for you to pay ; 

* Lo, by the loving Surety. all's difcharg'd,' 
Their hearts behov'd with love to be eoiarc'd : 
Love, the fuccihift fulfilling of the law % y 
Were then the eiiy yoke they'd fweetly draw; 
Love would, conftrain and to his fervice move, 
Who left them nothing ehe to do but love. 

* Gal. ii. 19. f Rom. vi. i4« 

\ Rom. xiii. l$ 

Chap. III. The Believer's Efpoufals. 63 

Slight now his loving precepts if they can ; 
No, no ; his conqu'rinfr kind ne fa leads the van. 
When everlafting love exerts the fway, [key, 
They judge themielves more kindly boundly t'o- 
Bound by redeeming grace in itricler fenie 
Than ever Adam was in innocence. 
Why now, they are not bound, zs formerly, 
To do and live, nor yet to do cr die ; 
Both life and death are put in Jems' hands, 
Who urges neither in his kind commands, 
Not fervile work their lift and heav'n to win, 
Nor flavifh labour death and hell to fhun. 
Their aims are purer, fince they underftood, 
Their heav'n was bought, their hell was ouench'd 

with blood. 
The oars of gpfpel-fervice now they ftcer, 
Without or legal hope or flavilh fear. 

The bride in fweet fecurity cap dwell, 
Nor bound to pur chafe heav'n, nor vanquifh hell ; : 
But bound for him the race of love to run, 
Whole love to her left none of thefe undone; 
She's bound to he the Lamb's obedient wife, 
And in his ftrengtli to fcrve him during; life; 
To glorify his loving name for ay, 
Who left her not a {ingle mite to pay 
Of legal debt, but wrote for her at large 
In characters of blood a full difchar&e. 
Hence forth no fervile tafk her labours prove^ 
But grateful fruits of reverential love. 

6 4 

Gospel Sonnets. 

Part I. 


Gofpel- grace giving no liberty nor freedom to fin, but 
to holy fervice and pure obedience. 

THE glorious hufband's love can't lead the wife 
To whoredom or licentinufnefs oflife : 
Nay, nay ; me finds his warmeft love within ; 
The hotted fire to me!: her heart for (In. 
His kind embrace is (till the ilronacft cord. 
To bind her to the fervice of her Lord. 
The more her faith infures this love of hi?, 
The more his law her deledtation is. 
Some dream, they might, who this affbrance win, 
Take latitude and liberty to iin. 
Ah! foch betray their ignorance, and prove 
They want the lively fenfe of drawing love; 
And how its fwect conltrainirig force can move. 
The ark of grace came never in to dwell, 
But Dap-oa lulls before it headlong fell. 
Men bafely can unto lafcivioufuels 
Abufe the doctrine, not the work of grace. 
Hucro-ers of divine love in vice's path, 
Have but the fancy of it, not the faith. 
They never foar'd aloft on grace's wing, 
That knew not grace to be a holy thing, 
When remnant fhe the pow'rsof heil appall, 
And fin's dominion in the ruin falls. 
Curs'd is the crew whofe Antiuomian drefs 
Mak's grace a cover to their idlenefs. 
The bride of Chrili will fure be very loth 
To make his love a pillow for her flbth. 
Why, mayn't (he tin the more that grace abounds 
Oh, God forbid 1 the very thought confound*. 

Chap. IV. The Jjslitvsr '< Efpoufals, 65 

When dead unto the law fhe's dead to lln ; 

How can fhe any longer live therein * ? 

To neither of them U fhe now a flave, 

But {hares the conqneft of the great, the brave, 

The mighty Gen'raJy her victorious Head, 

Who broke the double chain to free the bride. 

Hence prompted now with gratitude and love, 

Her cheerful feet in fwift obedience move. 

More ftrong the cords of love to duty draw, 

Than hell, and all the curies of the law. 

When with feraphic love the brealt's infpir'd, 

By that are all the other graces fir'd ; 

Thefe kindling round, the burning heart and frame 

In life and walk fend from a holy flame. 


A caution to all againft a legal fpirit ; 
efpecially to thofe that have a profef- 
fion without power, and learning 
without grace. 

WH Y, fays the haughty heart of legalifts, 
Bound to the law of works by nat'ral 
' Why fucb ado about a law divorce ? [twifts, 

' Mens lives are bad, and would you have them 
w Such Antinoroian fluff with labour'd toil [worfe? 
'* Would human beauty's native luftre fpoi!. 
\ € What wickednefs beneath the cov'rin? lurks, 
That lewdly would divorce us all from works: 
Why fuch a flir about the law and grace ? 
We know that merit cannot now take place. 
And what needs more V Well, to let flander drop, 
3e merit for a little here the fcope. 

* R'jjn. yi. 1, 


Gosp el Sonnets. 

Part I. 

Ah 1 many learn ro Irfp in gofpej-terms, 
Who yet embrace the law with legal arms. 
By wholefome education fotlifc are taught 
To own that human merit now is naugtu : 
Who faintly but renounce proud merits name, 
And cleave reftVdly to the Popifh fcheme. 
For graceful works expecling divine blifs, 
And, when they fail, truftf Chrift for what's amifs. 
Thus to his righteouinef* profefsto flee, 
Yet by it Hill would their own faviours be. 
They feern to works of merit bloody foes, 
Yet feek falvation as it <were* by thofe. 
Blind,Gentiles found, who did nor feek nor know; 
But Ifra'l loft it whole, who fought it Co, 

Let all that love to wear tl»ie legal drefs, 
Know that as iin, fo baftard rightecufnefs 
Has flain it's thoufands, who in tow'ring pride 
The righteouinefs of Jefus Chrift deride ; 
A robe divinely wrought, divinely won, 
Yei call by men for rags that are their own. 
But fome to legal works feem whole deny'd, 
Yet would by gofpel-works be juftify'd, 
By faith, repentance, love, and other fuch : 
Thefe dreameis being righteous overmuch, 
Like Uzza, give the ark a wrongful touch. 
By legal deeds however gofpeliz'd, 
Can e'er tremendous juftice be appeas'd, 
Or finners juftify'd before that God, 
Whpfe law is perfecl , and exceeding broad I 
Nay, faith itielf, that leading gofpel-grace, 
Holds ?.s a work nojuftifying place. 
Juft Heaven to man for righceoufnefs imputes 
Not faith irfelf, or in its acls or fruits ; 
But Jefus' meritorious life and death, 
Faun's proper cbjec"f, all ibe honour hath. 

* Rom. ix. 32. 


Chap. IV. Tie Btftever's Bfroufau. 67 

From this doth faith derive its glorious fame, 

Its great renown and juftMytng name ; 

Receiving all thirds, but defer ving nought : 

I>y faith ail's btyVd and taken, nothing bought. 

Its higheft name is from the wedding vote, 

So inihumental in the marria£e-knor. 

Jehovah lends the bride in thatbleft hour, 

TIP exceeding greatnefs of his mighty povv'r * : 

Which fweetly does her heart- confer, t command, 

To reach the wealthy Prince her naked hand. 

For clofe to his embrace (he'd never ftir, 

If firft his loving arms ernbrae'd not her : 

But this he does by kindly gradual chafe, 

Of routing, raifing, teaching, drawing grace, 

He (hews her, in his fweeteft love addreis, 

His glory as the Sun of righteoufnefs ; 

At which all dying glories earth adorn, 

Shrink like the fick moon at the wholefome morn, 

This glorious Sun arifing with a grace, 

Dark {hade of creature-rightcoutnefs to chafe, 

Faith now di (claims it ft If, and ail the train y 

Of virtues former jy accounted gain ; r 

And counts them dungf, with holy, meek rfifdaiT). J 

For now appears the height, the depth irr.mer.fe 

Of divine bounty and benevolence; 

Amazing mercy 1 ignorant of bounds! 

Which molt enlarged faculties confounds. 

How vain, how void now fc-em the vulvar charms, 

The monarch's pomp of courts, and pride cf arms ? 

The boalted beauties of the human kind, 

The povv'rsof body, and the gifts of mind ? 

Lo ! in the grandeur of ImmanuePs train, 

AlPs fwaHuWd up as rivers in the main. 

He's iQtn 9 when gofpeJ-light and fight is giv'n, 

Encompafs'd round with all the pomp of heav'n. 

Eph. vii. 1 6. f ?hil. iii. 7^ 8. 

* TT.O, 

63 Gospel Sonnets. Fart L 

The foul, now taught of God, fees human fchools 
Make Chriftlefs rabbi's only lit'rate (oak ; 
And that, till divine teaching pow'rful draw, 
No learning will divorce them from the law 
Mere argument may clear the head, and force 
A verbal, not a cordial clean divorce. 
Hence many, taught the wholefome terms of art, 
Have gbfpel-beadsj but (till a legal heart. 
Till foy'reign grace and pow'r the (inner catch, 
He takes not Jefus for his only match. 
Nay, works complete ! ah! true, however odd, 
Dead works are riyals with the living; God. 
Till heav'n's preventing mercy clear the light, 
Confound the pride witii fupernat'ral light ? 
No haughty foul of human kind is brought 
To mortify her felf- exalting thought, 

Yer holiell creatures in clay- tents that lodge, 
Be but their lives fcann'd by the dreadful Judge ; 
How {hall they e'er his awful fearch endure, 
Before whole pureil eyes heav'n is not pure ? 
How miift their black indictment be enlarged, 
When by him angels are with folly charg'd, 
What human worth Hiall (tand, when he ihall fcan? 
O may his glory {tain the pride of man. 

How wond'rbus are the tracks of divine grace ! 
How fearchlefs are his ways, how'vaft th' abyis ! 
Let haughty reafon ftop, and fear to leap ; 
Angelic plummets cannot found the deep. 
With fcorn he turns his eyes from haughty kings, 
With pieafure looks on low and worthlefs things -, 
Deep are his judgments, fovereign is his will, 
Let every mortal worm be dumb, be it ill - 
In vain proud reafon (wells beyond its boutid ; "> 
God and his counfels are a gulf profound, > 

An ocean wherein all our thoughts are drown'd. ^ 

Chap. IV. The Believer's Efpoufat). 60 


Arguments and encouragements to gof- 
pel minifters to avoid a legal drain of 
do&rine, and endeavour the finners' 
match with Christ by gofpsl-means. 


A lega it the root of damnable error:. 

YE heralds preat, that blow in name cf God 
The Glvct trump of gofpel- grace abroad ; 
And found, bv warrant from the great / am 9 
The nuptial treaty with the worthy Lamb: 
Might ye but (top th* unpolifll'd mule to brook, 
And from a (hrub an wholfbme berrv pluck ; 
Ye'd take encouragement from what is laid, 
By go (pel- means to make the marriage* bed, 
And to your glorious Lord a virgin chaiteto ved. 

The more proud nature bears a legal Iwmv, 
The more (hould preachers bend the gofpel way : 
Oft in the church a rife deftruflWe fchifras 
From anti-evangelic aphoriims ; 
A legal I pint may bejuftly nam'd 
The fertile womb of every error d^nn'd. 

Hence I* » fo connat'ral liuce the fall, 

Makes legal Works, like fa riour?, merit all ; 
Yea, more than merit on their moulder load?, 
To fupererogate like dejiri-godtf. 

Hence proud Socinians feat their reafon high ; 

'Bove every precious gofpel- my lit ry_, 

Its divine author {tab, and without fear 

The purple covert cf his chariot tear, 

C z 

70 GCSTEL St) N NETS. Pal t I. 

With tbefe run Arian monfters in a line, 
All gofpel-truth at once ro undermine; 
To darken and delete like hellifh foes, 
The brighteil colour of the Sharon rofe. 
At bed its human Red they but decry- 
That blot the divine White, the native Dye. 

Hence dare Arminians too with brazen face, 
Gi ve man's free- wil! the throne of God's free-grace^ 
Whofe felf-exaltiog tenets clearly fiiew 
Great ignorance ot law and gofpel too. 

Hence Neonomians fpring, as fundry call 
The new law- makers to redrefs cur fall. 
The law of works into repentance, faitii 
Is chang'd, as their Baxrerian Bible faith. 
Shaping tne gofpel to an eafy law, [ftraw ; 

They build their tott'ring houfe with hay and 
Yet hide, like Rachel's idols in the ftufF, 
Their legal hands within a gofpel- muff. 

Yea, hence fpring:> Antinomian vile refufc, 
Whofe grofs abettors gofpel grace abuie ; 
Unfkill'd how grace's filken latchtt binds 
Ker captives to the law with willing minds. 


A legal flrain of doctrine difcovered and difcarded. 

N O wonder Paul the legal fpirit curfe, 
Of fatal errors fijch a feeding nurfe. 
He, in Jehovah's great tremendous name, 
Condemns perverters of the gofpel-fcheme. 
Hedamn'd the fophift rude, the babbling pricft 
Would venture to corrupt it in the Ieaft ; 
Yea, curs'c! the heav'nlv an<?el down to hell, 
That daring would another goipel tell*. 

* Gal. i. 7, 8. 

Chap. V. 7be Believer's EfpoUfa/s* 71 

Which crime is charg'd on thefe that dare difpenfe 
The fclf-fame gofpei in another fenle. 

Chrift is not preacVd in truth, but in difguife, 
If his bright glory half abfeonded lies. 
When gofpei foldiers, that divide the word, 
Scarce brai.diih any but the legal fword. 
While Chrift the author of the law they profs, 
More than the end of it for righteoufnefs ; 
Chrift as afeeker of our fervice trace, 
More than a giver of enabling 
The King commanding holineis they (Low, 
More than the Prince exalted to bellow ; 
Yea, more on Chrift the fin-revenger dweih 
Than Chrift Redeemer both from fin and hell. 

With legal fpade the gofpei- field he delve?, 
Who thus drives tinners in unto themfelves; 
Halving the truth that (hould be all reveai'd, 
The fweeteft part of Chrift is oft conceal'd. 
We bid men turn from fin, but feldom fav y 
Bclund the Lamb that takes all (in away j 1 
Chrift, by the gofpei- rightly understood, 
Not only treats a peace, but makes it good* 
Thoie (tutors therefore of the bride, who hope 
By force to drag her with the legal rope, 
Nor ufe the drawing cord of cor.quVing grace, 
Fnrfue with flawing zeal a fruit lei's chafe ; 
In vain lame doings urge, with folemn awe, 
To bribe the fury of the fiery law : 
With equal fnceefs to the fool that aims 
By paper walls to bound devouring flames. 
The law's but mock'd by their moft graceful deed, 
That wed nut firil the law fulfilling Head ; 
It values neither how thev wrought nor we^j 
That flight the ark wherein alone 'tis hep:. 

c John i. 2 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part I. 

Ye: legaiifts, DO, DO, with ardour prefs, 
And with prepoft'rdus zeal and warm addrefs 
Would ieem the -greateft friends to holineis: 
But vainly (could fuch oppofnes accord) 
Refpecl: the law, and yet reject the Lord. 
They (hew not Jefus as the way to blii'5, 
But judas-Iike betray him with a kifs 
Of boafted works, or mere profefiion puff, 
Law-boafters pro v in 2 but law breakers oft. 



'The hurtfaliiefs of not preaching Christ, and dl- 
fting'uifhing duly between law and gofpel. 

HELL cares not how crude holinefs be presch'd^ 
If finners match with Chrid be never reached ; 
Knowing their holinefs is but a fiiatp^ 
Who ne'er are married to the holy Lamb. 
Let words have never fuch a pious (hew,- 
And blaze aloft in prqfefTor's view, , 
With facred aromatic? richly fpic'd, 
If they but drown in filence glorious Chrift ; 
Or, if he may fome vacant room lupply, 
Make him a fubjecl only by the by ; 
They mar true holinefs with tickling chat, 
To breed a bayard Pharifaic brat. 
They wofully the gofpel meffage broke, 
7»lake fearful hayoc of the Matter's flock; 
Yet pleafe themfeives, and the blind multitude, 
By whom the go (pel's little underftood. 
Rude fouls perhaps imagine little odds 
Between the legal and the gofpel roads : 
Ent vainly men attempt to blend the two; 
They differ more than Chrift and Mofes do. 
Mofes, evangelizing in a {hade, 
By types the news of light approaching fpread 5 

Chap. V. The BelUwr's Rjpoufil*. 73 

But from the law of works by him proclaimed, 
No ray of gofpel-grace or mercy gieam'd. 
By nature's light the law ro all is known, 
But lightfome news of gofpcl-grace to none. 
The doing cov'nant now, in part or whole, 
Is ftrong to damn, but weak to lave a foul. 
It hurts, and cannot help, bur as ir tends 
Through mercy to fubferve iome gofpel ends. 
Law-thunder roughly to the gofpe] tames, 
The gofpel mildly to the law reclaims, 
The fiery law, as 'tis a covenant, 
Schools men t.> fee the gofpel-aid they want; 
Then gofpel-aid does fweetly then incline 
Back ro the law as Yt* a rule divine, [wound*, 
Hcav'n's healing work is oft commenced with 
Terror begins what loving kindnefs crowds. 
Preachers may therefore prefs the fiery law, 
To ilrike the Chrifllefs man with dreadful awe. 
Law threats winch for his (ins to hell de prefs, 
Yea-, damn him for his rotten rightcotifnefs ; 
That while he views the law exceeding broad, 
\ may wed the r/ighteoufaefs of God; 
But ah ! to prefs law-works as terms of life, 
Was ne'er the wav tocourt the Lamb a wife. 
To urge conditions in the le^al frame, 
Is' to renew the vain old cov'nant ga:ne 
The law is good, when lawfully 'tis us'id*; 
But mod dcllruciive When it is abus'ch 
They Jet not duties in the proper fphere, 
Who duly law and gofpel don't fevere ; 
But under mafly chains let (tuners lie, 
As tributaries, or to DO or DIE. 
Kor make the law a fquaring rule of life j 
put in the gofpel-throat a bloody knife- • 

* i Tim. i. S, 

74 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 


Damnable pride and felf-righteoufnefb, fo natural to all 
men, ha 3 little need to be encouraged by legal preaching. 

THE legal path proud nature loves fo well, 
(Though yet 'tis but the cleaned road to hell) 
That 10! e'en thefe that take the fouleft ways. 
Whofe lewdnefs no controlling; bridle ftavs ; 
If but their drowfy confcience raife its voice, 
'Twill fpeak the law of works thei^ native choice. 
And echo to the roofing found, ' Ah, true ! 
c I cannot hope to live, unlets I DO.* 
No confcious bread of mortal kind can trace 
The myd'ry deep of being fav'd by grace. 
Of this nor is the nat'rai confcience ikill'd ; 
Nor will admit it when it is reveal'd ; 
But pufl-ies at the gofpel like a ram, 
As proxy for the law, agiind the Lamb) 
The proud felf* righteous Pharifaic drain 
Is, t B:eft be God, I'm not like other men ; 
I read and pray, give alms, I mourn and fail \\ 
And therefore hope I'll get to heav'n at lad : 
For, though from ev'ry fm I be not free, 
Great multitudes of men are worfe than me, 
I'm none of rhofe that fwear, cheat, drink, and 
Thus on the law he build: his Babel row'r. [whore. 
Yea, ev'n [he vileft curfed debauchee *| 

Will make the law of works his very plea ; \ 

< Why, ('ays rhe rake) what take you me to be: J 

* A Turk, or infidel; (yo:i lie), 1 can't "J 
1 Be term'd fo ore, bur by a fvcophant; \ 
€ Only 1 hai aoft the whining faint. X 
1 I am a Cm \, in true ; ar.d therefore bode 

* It lhail be well with me, 1 hope in God, 

t Luke xviii. 11, 12. 

Chap. V". The Believer* s Ef(>oujeils> 75 

4 Ait I an honed man ; yea, I defy 

€ Tiie toivue thai dare affert black to mine eve.' 

Perhaps when the reprover turns his back, 

He'll vend the viler wares o?s open'd pack, 

And with his fellows in a (train more big, 

' Bid damn the bale uncharitable whig, 

4 Thcfe fcroundrel hypocrites (he'll proudly fay) 

4 Think none ihallever merit IteaVn but they. 

* And yet we may compete with rhem : for fee, 
4 The bell have blemifhes as well as we. 

' We have as good a heart (we truft) as thefe, 

4 Tho' not their vain ftiperfiuous (hew and blaze. 

4 Bigotted zealots, whole foul crimes are hid, 

4 Woulci da-.un us all to hell ; but God forbid. 

4 Whatever inch a whining r nrofefs. 

* ' lis but a nice, roorofe, affe&ed drefs. 

4 And though we don't pretend Co much as they, 
1 We hope to compafs heaven a (horter way ; 
' We feek God's mercy, and are all along 
' Molt ivcte of malice, and do no man wrong. 
4 Bur whims fantafb.c (han't our head anoy, 
4 Thar would our iocial liberties deftroy* 
4 Sure, right religion never was deiign'd 
4 To mar the native mirth of human kind, [fuch ! 
4 How weak arethofe that would be thought non- 
4 H )\v mid, that would be righteous o'er much 1 
4 We have fufficient, through we be not crarnm'd ; 
4 We'll therefore hope the beft, let them be 

Ah horrid talk 1 yet lo the. leg-1 {train [damn'd.' 
Lards e'en the language of the mofc profane. 
Thus Jevili'h pride o'er looks a thoufand faults, 
And on a leo-.J ground itfelf exalts. 
This DO and LIVE, though doing power he lolr ; 
In ev'iy mortal is proud nature's hoaiV. 
How does a vain conceit of gpodnefs fwell, 
And feed falfe hope, amidft the; (hades of hell ? 

76 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

Shall we, who mould by gofpel methods draw, 
Send Tinners to their nat'ral ipoufe the law : 
And harp upon the doing firing to inch, 
Who ignorantly dream they do fo much ? 
Why, thus inilead of courting Chriit a bride, 
We harden rebels in their native pride. 

Much rather ought we in God's name to place 
His great artill'ry itrai^ht aaainft their face j 
And throw hot Sinai thunderbolts around 
To burn their towering; hopes down to the ground. 
To make the pillars of their pride to (bake, 
And damn their doings to the burning lake 
To curfe the doers unto endlefs thrall. 
That never did continue to do all *. 
To fcorch their conference with the filming air, 
And link their haughty hopes in deep defpair ; 
Denouncing; Ebai's black revenging doom, 
To blaft their expectation in the bloom ; 
Till once vain hope of life by works give place 
Unto a folid hope of life by grace. 
The VfgVoOs life of means is fafely urg'd, 
When preffing calls from legal dregs are purg'd ; 
But molt unfafely in a fed'rai drefs, 
Cowfoudin ; r terms of life with fueans o£ grace. 
Oh! dangVous is th' attempt proud fie in to pleafe, 
Or find a (inner to the law for eafe ; 
Who rather needs to feel its piercing dart, 
Till dreadful pangs invade his trembling heart ; 
And thither mould be onlv lent for flames , 
Of fire to burn his rotten hopes and claims ; 
That thua difarm'd, he gladly may embrace, 
And grafp with eagernefs the news of grace. 

* Gal. lii. i-. 


11 c 77c 'A i:/s Eff c ujah . 



The so'pcl of divine rrjc? the only means of converting fin- 
ners, and fhould be icbed ' fore moil clearly, ful- 

ly, and freely. 

- 7 

THEY ought, who royal grace's heralds be, 
To trumpet loud ialvation, fall and free: 
Nor laltly can, to humour mortal pride j 
hi ii'.cucc evangelic myil'rles hide. 
What Heav'o is pieas'd to give, dare we refufe; 
Or under ground conceal, left men \ 
Supprel's the gofpel-flow'r, upon pretence 
That fotr.e vile fpiders may luck poifon thence ? 
Chrift is a {tumbling block *, (hail we neglect 
To preach him, left the blind fhould break their 
That high he's for the fall of many let, [neck \ 
As well as for the rife \ % muft prove no let. 
No grain of precious truth muft be fuppreft. 
Though repio'oates (bonld to their ruin wrell. 
Shall Meav o'a corufcant lamp be dimnvd, :ha: pays 
Irs daily tribute clown in golden rays . ? 
Becaufe fome blinded wilh the blading -gle^rw, 
Share not the pleafure of the hohtnir.g beams; 
Let thofe be hard'ned, petrify '4j and iMrm'd, 
The reft art- mollify M audkiudly warm'd. 
A'vafidus favour •)-, flowers in grace's held, 
Of life to forne, ot' death to others vicld. 
Muft then the rote be vail'd, the lily hid, 
The fragrant favour (lifted ! Cod forbid. 

The revelation of the gofpel-flow'r, 
Isftill the organ fam'd of laving pow'r ; 
Moftjuftly then are; legal ruinds c< u emn'd. 
That of the glorious gofpei are aiham'd : 

I C v. 1. 23. \ Luke ii. 34. f 2 Qaxj ii. 16. 

73 Gospel Sonnets. Parti 

For this the divine arm, and only this. 

The pow'r of God unto falvation is. 

For therein is reveal'd, to fcreen from wrath, 

The righteoufnefs of God from faith to faith f . 

The happy change in guilty Tinners cafe 

They owe to free difplays of fov'reign grace ; 

Whole joyful tidings of amazing love, 

The miniitration of the Spirit prove. 

The glorious vent the gofpel-news exprefc, 

Of God's free grace, thro' Chrift's full righteoufnefs, 

Is Heav'n's g?*y chariot where the Spirit bides, 

And in his conquering pow'r triumphant rides. 

The gofpel-field is ftill the Spirit's foil, 

The golden pipe that bears the holy oil; 

The orb where he outfhines the radiant fun, 

The filver channel where his graces run. 

Within the gofpel- banks his flowing tide 

Oflightning, quickning motions, fweetly glide. 

Received ye the Spirit, fcripture faith*, 

By legal works, or by the word of faith I 

If by the gofpel only, then let none 

Dare to be wiler than the wifeft One. 

We mud, who freely get, as freely give, 
The vital word that makes the dead to live. 
For ev'n to (innersdead within our reach, 
We in his living name may moft fuccefsful preach. 

The Spirit and the fcripture both agree 
Jointly, (fays Chrift), to teftify of me J. 
The preacher then will from his text decline, 
That (corns to harmonize with his defign. 
Prefs moral duties to the laft degree ; 
Why not ? but mind, left we fuccefslefs be. 
No light, no hope, no Itrength for duties fpring, 
Where Jefus is not Prophet, Prieit, and King. 

f Pom. i. 1 6, 1 7. * Gal. iii. 2. \ John xv. 26. y. 39. 

Chip. V. The Believer s Ffpoufals. 79 

No light to fee the way, unlefs he teach, 
No joyful hope fate in his blood we reach, 
Noitrength unlets his royal arm he ftretch. 
Then fro:« our leading fcope how grofs we fall, 
If, Hke his name, i;i ev'ry gofpel-call, 
We make no: him the Ftft, the Lad, the Al! ! 

Our office is to bear the radiant torch 
Of gofpel light into the darfc'ned porch, 
Of human underftindings, and difplay 
The joyful dawn ofeverlafting day ; 
To draw the golden chariot of free grace, 
The dark'ned {hades with (hieing rays to chafe, 
Till heav'n's bright lampon circling wheels be hurl'd 
With fparkling grandeur round the dulky world; 
And thus to bring, in dying mortals tieht, 
New life and immortality to light f. 
We're charg'd to preach the gofpel, unconfiVd, 
To cv'ry creature J of the human kind ; 
To call, with tenders of I ai vat ion free, 
All corners of the earth to come and fee || : 
And ev'ry moil exculeiefi m:>ke. 
By urging rich and poor T i come and take §. 
Ho, ev'ry one that thirds*, is grace's call 
Direct in needy (inner? great and i'mall ; 
Not meaning thole aione, whofe holy thirlt 
Denominates their fouls already bletr. 
It only thofe were call'd then none but faints ; 
Nor would the gir.pel fuit the Tinner's wants. 
But here the call does fignally import 
Sinntrrs and thirfty fowls of ev'ry fort : 
And mainly to their door the meffage brings, 
Who yet are thirfting after empty things ; 
Who fpent their means no living bread to buy, 
And pains for that which canot iarisfy. 

t 2 Tim. i. 10. $ Mark xvi. 15. fl Ifa. xlv. 22. John i .39.46. 
§ Rev. xxii. 17. * Ifa. lv. 1, 2. 

So Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

Such thirfty fanners here invited are, 

Who vainly fpend their money, though*-, and care, 

On paffiog (hade^s, vde lulls, and traih lb bale 

As yield immortal (bills no true foiace. 

The call directs them, as thev would be bieft, 

To chufe a purer object of their third. 

All are invited bv the iovful found 

To drink who need, as does the parched ground, 

Whole wide-mowrh'd clefts fpeak ro the bra fen Iky 

Its paffive thrift, without an active cry. 

The gofpel preacher then, with holy fkiil, 
Muft offer Chrift to wholoever will, 
To linners of all forts that can be nam'd ; 
The blind, the lame, the poor, the halt, the 
Nor daring to rellridt th' extenfiveeall, [mairrTdf. 
Blk ep'ning wide the net to catch 'em all. 
No foul mult be excluded that will come, 
Nor right of accefs be confined to forne. 
Though none will come till confeious of their want, 
Yet right to come they have by fov'reign grant: 
Suchfigkt to Chrift, his prom if e and his grace, 
They all are damn'd who hear and don't embrace. 
So freely is th' unbounded call difpens'd, 
We therein find ev'n tinners imconvinc'd; 
Who knew not they are naked, blind, and poor*, "| 
Counfell'd to buy or beg at Jefus* door, [ftore. }► 
And take the glorious robe, eye-falve, and golden J 
This prize they are ofelig'd by faith to win, 
Eile unbelief would never be their fin. 
Yea golpel offers but a foam we make, 
If ev'ry iinner has not right to take. 
Be goipei-herald's fortjfy'd from this, 
To trumpet grace, howe'er the ferpent hifs. 
Did hell's malicious mouth in dreadful fhape 
Gainft innocence itfeif malignant g*'pe ? 

f Luke xiv. 21. * Rev. iii. if, iS- 

Chap. V. Tiff Believer's Ef[>ouJals. 

Then facred truth's devoted vouchers may 
For dire reproach their meafures conftant lay. 
With cruel calumny of old commene'd, 
This feci will ev'ry where be ipoke sgainfl f j 
While to and fro he runs the earth acrof>, 
Whole name is Adelthon kategoros|j. 
In fpite of hell be then our conftant ftrife 
To win the glorious Lamb a virgin wife. 


An Exhcrtaticn to all that are out of 
Christ; in order to their clofing the 
match with him : containing alio mo- 
tives and directions. 

REader, into thine hands thefe lines are giv'n> 
But not without the providence of Heaven ; 
Or to advance thy blifs, it thou art wife, 
Or aggravate thy woe, if thou delpiie. 
For thee, for thee, perhaps th' emnifcient ken 
Has form'd the couniel here, and led the pen. 
The writer then does thy attention plead, 
in his great name that gave thee eyes to read. 

SEC T. I. 

Conviction offered to Sippersj cfpecLH fucfc as are we 
ded itriclly to the lav/, or fel eous, that they 

may lee their need of Christ's fighte< *s. 

I F never yet thou didir fair ]ti\vr wed, 
Nor yield thy heart to be his marriage-bed ; 
Eut hitherto art wedded to the law, 
VVbieb never could thy ckdnM affections draw 
\ AiTts xxiii. 23. U Or, The cccrfer of the I.rethr 

82 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

From brutifli lulls and fordid lover's charms ; 
Lo 1 thou art yet in Satan's folded armc. 
Hell's povv'r invifible thy foul retains 
His captive flave, lock'd up in maffy chains. "j 
O ! finner then, as thcu regard'ft thy life, ^ 

Seek, feek, with ardent care and earned ftrife. J 
To be the glorious Lamb's betrothed wife. 
For bafe co-rivals never let him lofe 
Thy heart, his bed of conjugal repofe. 
Wed Chrift alone, and with ievere remorfe "J 
From other mates purfue a clean divorce ; ^ 

For they thy ruin feek by fraud or force. J 

As lurking ferpents in the fhady bow'rs 
Conceal their malice under fprcatling fiow'rs; 
So thy deceitful luAs with cruel (pile 
Hide ghaftly danger under gay delight. 
Art thou a legal zealot, iuft or rude, 
Renounce thy nat'ral and acquired good. 
As bafe deceitful lulls may work thy fin art, 
So may deceitful frames upon thy hearr. 
Seeming good motions may in fome be found, 
Much joy in hearing, like the ftony ground * ; 
Much farrow too in praying* as appears 
In Efau's careful fuit with rueful learsf. 
Touching the law, they biamtltfs may appear j, 
From ipurious views mod Ipecicus virtues bear. 
Nor merely be devout in mens efteem, 
But prove to be fincerely what they feem, 
Friends to the holy law in bean arid \\\e^ 
Suers of heav'ri with utnidit legal ftrife ; 
Yet Hill with innate pride io rai^fcl >', 

Converted but to duties, rot to Chrilt, 
That publicans and hatlots hoav 
Before a crew (b r&hteou 


* Lu!;2 \iii. 13. f II-b. « t ?:i-i. ;:L 9* 

Chap. VI. Tbi Believer's EffoufaJs. S3 

Soocer will thofe (hake ufF their vicious drefs 
Than thefe blind zealots will their righteoufnefs, 
Who judge they have (which fortifies their pride) 
The law of God itfelf upon their fide. 
Oid nature, new brufh'd up with legal pains, 
Such ftrict atachment to the law retains, 
No means, no motives can to Jefus draw 
Vain fouls fo doubly wedded to the law. 

But wouldft the glorious Prince in marriage have, 
Know that thy nat'ral huiband cannot fave. 
Thy beft efTays to pay the legal rent 
Can never in the leaft the law content. 
Didft thou in pray'rs employ the morning-light, 
In tears and groans the watches of the night, 
Pals thy whole life in clofe devotion o'er ; 
Tis nothing to the law (till craving more. 
There's no proportion 'twixt its high commands, \ 
And puny works from thy polluted hands; ^ 

Perfection is the leaft that it demands. J 

Wouldft enter into life, then keep the law * : 
But keep it perfectly without a flaw, 
It won't have lefs, nor will abate at la ft 
A drop of vengence for the fin that's pait 
Tell, (inful mortal, is thy ftock fo large 
As duly can defray this double charge j 
c Why thefe are mere impolicies,' (fay 'ft thou) 
Yea, truly fo they are, and therefore now, 
That down thy legal confidence may fall 
The law's doom, home to thy bofortl call. 
' Lo ! 1 (the divine law) demands no lefs 
Than perfect everLftiug righteoufnefs t 
But thou haft fail'd, and loft thy ftrcngth to DO: 
Therefore I cU>om thee to eternal woe. 
In prifon clofe to be {hut up for ay, 
Ere I be bailed with thy partial pay, 

* Math. y.vA 1 7. 

84 Gospfi Son* nets. Part I- 

' Thou always didft and doft my precepts break, 

* I therefore curie thee to the burning lake. 

* In God the great Lawgiver's glorious name, 

* I judge thy foul to everlaiting ihame.' 
No fielh can by the law be juftified f : 
Yet dared thcu thy legal duties plead ? 

As Paul appeal'd to Cefar, wilt thou fo, 1 

Un*o the law ? then to it (halt thou go r 

And find it doom thee to eternal woe. J 

What ! would ye have us piung'd in deep defpair? 
Amen ; yea, God himfelf would have you there. 
His will it is that you defpair of life, 
And fafetv bv the law, or leo-al ftrife ; 
That cleanly thence divorc'd at any rate, 
His faireft Son may have a faithful mate. 
'Till this law-fentence pafs within your bread, 
You'll never wed the law-diicharging Prieit. 
You prize not heav'n till he through hell youdravr \ 
Nor love the gofpe! till you know the law. 

Know then, the divine law nioft perfect cares 
For none of thy imperfect legal wares; 
Dooms thee to vengence for thy (infill ftate,- 
As well as iinfu! actions (mail or great. 
If any fin can be accounted fmal!, 
To hell its dooms thy foul for one and all. 
For fins of nature, practice, heart, and way } - 
Damnation rent it ibmmons thee to pay. 
Yea, not for fin alone, which is thy ihame, 
But for thy boafted ferviee tor) fo, 
The 1'tw adjudges thee and heii to ttte&j 
Becaufe thy rignteoutnefs is incomplete. 
As tow Vino; flames burn up the wither'd fta'«y»y 
So will the iiery law ehy filthy rag 

f Rom. lib 2). 

Chap. VI. The Believer's EjyoufaU. 8; 

SECT. 31. 

Direction given with reference to the right ufe of means, 
that we reft not on thefe inftead of the glo: ious 
HufjancI, in whom our help lies. 

[now \ 

ADAM, where art thou * ? Soul, where art thou 
Oh ! art thou laying, Sir, what ihail I do ? \ 
I dare not ufe that proud felf-raifing drain, 
Go help yotnrfelf, and God will help ycu then. 
Nay, rather know, O Ifr'el that thou halt 
DeftroyM thy I elf, and can'ft not in the leair, 
From fin nor wrath thyfeif the captive free, 
Thy help (fay- Jefus) only lies in me I.. 
Heav'n's oracles direct to him alone j 
Full help is laid upon this mighty One, 
|n him, in him complete idlvation dwells ; 
He's God the helper, and there is none elle j|. 
Fig leaves won't hide thee from the fiery fhcvv Y, 
'Tis he alone that laves by price and pow'r. 

Mult, we do nothing then (will mockers fay) 
But reft in iloth till Heav'n the help convey i 
Pray, Hop a little; linner, don't soule 
God's awful word, rh&t charges thee to ufe 

Cleans, ordinances; Which he's pleas'd to, 

As precious channels of his pow.Vfo! grace. 

Reftlefs irnprove all thefe, until from Heav'n 

The whole ! :on needful thus be- -nv'n. 

Wait in this path, according to his call, 

On him whofe pow'tf alone efTe -;teth all. 

Wouldli thou him wed, in dot tea wait, I fa.v, 

But marry not thy duties by the way. 

Tboul'c wofuf.y come fhort offering g";:ce, 

If duties only b^ thy rciting 

* Gen. iii. 9. • t Mark x. 17. 
\ Hof. xiii. 9. \ Xia. adv. 2 >, 


86 Gospel Sonnets. Part I* 

Nay, go a little further * through them all, 
To him whole office is to fave from thral!. 
Thus in a gofpcl-manner hopeful wait, 
Striving to enter by the narrow gate i : 
So (trait and narrow, that it won't admit 
Tire bunch upon thy back to enter it. 
Not only bulky lulls may ceafe to preiV, 
But ev'n the bunch of boafted rightecufnefs. 

Many, as in the facred page we fee, 
Shall drive to enter, but unable be 1 : 
Becaufe, miftaking this new way of life, 
They pufti a legal, not a goi'pel-ltrife : 
As if their duties did Jehovah bind, 
Becaufe 'tis written, stck, and ye fhall find jj. 
Perverted fcripture does their error fence, 
They read the letter, but neglect the fenle. 
While to the word no gofpel-glofs they give, 
Their feek and find's the fame with do and live, 
Hence would they a connection native place, 
Between their moral pains and laving grace : 
Their nat'ral poor eifays they judge won't mifs 
In jnfl\ce to infer eternal blif>. 

Thus commentaries on the word they make 
Which to their ruin are a grand miftake : 
For through the legal bias in their breait, 
They fcriptuje to their own deftrudlion wreft. 
Why, if we Jcek we get, ihey gather hence : 
W r hich is not truth, lave in the fcripture- fenfe. 
There Jefns deai.s with friends, aiui el fw he re faith, 
Thefe icekersofily ipeed that alk in faith §. 
The prayer of the wicked is abhorr'd, 
£s an abomination tu the Lord f . 
Their fuits are ims, but their neglects no lefs, 
Which can't their guilt dimmifn, but increafe. 

* Song iii. i, A- f Mat: vii. 13 14. p Luke xiii. 24 
Mat.vii. ~. y James i. 6. f Prov. xy. 9. x^viii. $i 

Chap. Vi. The Eellevfr i £fp9ufa!s. c3 7 

They ought, like beggary lie in gracefa way; 
Hence Peter taught the forcerer to prey \ : 
For though mere nat'^1 mens addrefs or pray'rs 
Can no acjeprance ^ain a« works of theirs, 
Not have, as their performance, anyiway; 
Yer as a divine ordinance they may. 
Butfpotjcfi truth has bound itfelfto grant 
The full of none but the believing faint. 
In Jefus, perfons once accepted, do 
Acceptance find in him for duties too. 
For he, whole Son they do in marriage take, 
Is bound to hear them for their Hufband's fake. 

But let no Chriftlefs foul at pray'r appear, 
As if Jehovah were obliged to hear : 
But life the means, becaufe a fov'reign God 
! May come with alms, in this his wonted road. 
He wills thee to frequent kind wifdom's gate, 
To read, hear, meditate, to pray and wait; 
Thy fpirit then be on thefe duties bent, 
As gofpel means, but not as legal rent. 
From thefe don't thy falvation hope nor claim, 
But from Jehovah in the ufe of them. 
The beggar's fpirit never was fo dull, 
While waiting at the gate called Beautiful, 
To hope for fwecour from the temple-gate, 
At which he daily did fo careful wait ; 
But from the rich and charitable fort, 

no to rhe temple daily made refort. 
Means, ordinances, are the comely gate 
At which kind Heav'n has bid us confeant wait ; 

>t that from thefe we have our alms, but from 
The hb'ral God, who there is wont to come. 
If either we thefe means mail dare neglect 
3r yet from theft rh' enriching blifs expect, 

\Jh yiii. 22. 

83 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

We from the glory of the King defalk, 
Who in the galleries is wont to walk; 
We move not regular in duties road, 
But b?.fe, invert them to an idol- god. 

Seek then, if gofpel means you would efTay, 
Through grace to ufethem in a gofpel way : 
Not deeming that your duties are the price 
Of divine favour, or of paradife ; 
Nor that your btfl efforts employ'd in thefc 
Are fit exploits your awful judge to pleafe. 
"Why, thus you bafely idolize year trafh, 
And make it with the blood of Jefm clafn. 
You'd buy the bleffing with your vile refufe, 
And to his precious rigbteoufnefs abnfe. 
What ! buy his gifts with filthy lumber ? nay ; - 
Whoever offers this muft hear him fay, 
Thy money perifh with thy foul for ay *. 

Duties are mean v , which to the marriage-bed 
Should chaftelv lead us like a chamber-maid ; 
But if with her inftead of Chrift we match, 
We nor our fafery but our ruin hatch. 
To Cefar what is Ctfar's fiiould be giv'n 
But Cefar muft not have what's due to Heav'n ; 
So duties fnould have duty's room, 'tis true, 
But nothing cf the glorious Hufband's due. 
While means the debt of clofe attendance crave, 
Our whole dependence God alone muft have. 
If duties, tears, our conscience pacify., 
They with the blood of Chrift prefume to vie, 
Means are his vafTals; fliall we witliout grudge ? 
Difcard the matter,' and efpoufe the drudge ? 
The hypocrite, the legalift does fin, 
To live on dupes not in Chrift therein. 
He only feedi on empty difbes, plate*, 
Who dotes on means but at the manna frets. 

* A<fts vni. 20. 

Chap. VI. The Believer's Bfio^falt. 89 

Let never means content thy ul at all, 
Without the Hufband, who is all in all. * 
Cry daily tor the happy marriage hour ; 
To thee belongs the mean, to him the powV. 


A Call to believe in Jesus Christ, Vich fom? hints at 
the act and object of faith. 

FRIEND, h the cuieftiori on thy heart erig r av'd, 
What {hall I do to he for ever fav'd f ? 
Lo 1 here's a living rock to build upon ; 
Believe in JefusJ; and on him alone 
for righteonlhefs and ilrengh thine anchor drop, 
Renouncing all thy former legal hope. 
' Believe (fays you !) i can no more believe, 
1 Than keep the law of works, he DO and LIVE.' 
True; and it were thy mercv didft thou fee 
Thine utter want of ail ability. 
New coy'nant graces he alone can grant, 

hoff) God has given to be the covenant ; 
Ev'n Jefus, \vh >ni the (acred letters call 

rhVobJecl:. author, finiiher, and all ; 
In him alone, not in thr acl of faith, 
Thy foul believing full falvation \n:\\. 

In this new cov'nam judge not faith to hold 
The room of perfect doing in the old. 
Faith is not giv'n to be the fed'ral.price 
Of other b'liuinoij or of paradjfe ; 
B:: Heav'n, by giving this, (hikes out a door 
^t which is carried in full more and more. 
No firmer mull upon his faith lay ftrefs, 
^s if it were a perfect righteoufnefs. 
jod ne'er affign'd unto it luch a place ; 
Tis but at brft a bankrupt begging gracc- 
CoL iii. 3. f 4$3 xvi. 3b: t Veri 31. J Ifa.. xlii. o. 

90 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

Its object makes its fame to fly abroad, 
So cloie it gripes the righteoufnefs of God ; 
Which righteoufnefs receiv'd, is (without ftrifc) 
The true condition of eternal life. 

But ftill, fay you, pow'r to believe I mifs. 
You may ; butvknow yon what believing is ? 
Faith lies not in your building up a tow'r 
Of iome great aftion by your proper j>o\v , r, 
For Heav'n well knows that by the killing fall 
iNo pou V, no will remains in man at all 
For sifts divinely good ; . 'till iov'reign grace 
By pow'rful drawing virtue turn the chafe. 
Hence none believe in Jefus as they ought, ^ 

*Yiil once they firit believe the yean do nought ( 
!Nor are fufficierft e'en to form a thought*. j 

They're confeious, in the right believing hour, 
Of human weakpefs, and of divine pow'r. 
Faith acts not in the fenfe of ftrength and mighty 
But in the fenfe of weaknefs aSfcs outright. 
It is (noboafting arm of pow'r or length,) 
But weaknefs acting on almighty ftrength ^. 
3 1 is the pow'riefs, helplefs fiRoer's flight 
Into the open arms of favihg might : 
' Tis an employing Jefus to do all 
That can within fa 1 (ration's compafs fall ; 
To be the agent hind in ev'rv thing 
Belonging to a prophet, prieifc, and king ; 
To teach, to pardon, -fanclify, andfave, 
And nothing; to the crearorc/s pow'r to leave. 
Faith makes us joyfully content that he 
Our Head, our Kufband, and our All mould be ; 
Our rtghteotffnefc and ftrength, our (lock ant 1 (lore. 
Our fund for food and raiment, grace and glore. 
It makes the creature down to nothing fall, 
Content that Chiift alone be all in all. 

* 2 Cor. iii. 5. f 2 Cor, xii. 9. 

Chap. VI. The Believer's EfpoufaU. 97 

The 1 Ian of grace is faith's delightful view. 

With which it ciofef both as 200c! and true. 

Until the trtuh, the mind's aifeut is foil, 

Unto the good, a free contenting will. 

The Holy Spiut heie the agent chief, 

Creates this' faith, and dajh^s unbelief. 

Thru very God who call- ns to believe, 

The very faith he feeks mull alfo gwe. 

Why calls he then ? fay you. Vi ay, man, L~ wife ; 

Why did he call de-ul Lazarus to rife ? 

Becaufe the orders in their bofom b?ar 

Almighty pow'r to make the carcafe hear. 

But Heav n may not this mighty pow'r difplay. 
Moil true ; yet ilill thou art oblig'd l' obey. 
Fnit God is not at all obhofd to fhereh 
Hi? faving arm tofnch a finful wretch. 
Ail who within falvation-rolis have plate, 
Arefav'd by a prerogative of grace ; 
Hut veflels all that fhal! with wrath be cramm'cl, 
Are by an act of holy juftice damn'd. 
Take then, dear foul, as'from a friendly heart, 
The counfel which the foil' win? Hues impart. 



An Advice to finners to apply to the foveveign mercy of 
God, as it is difcovered through Christ, to the hipheft 
honour of juftice j and other divine attributes, in order 
tofurtbef their faith in him unto falyation. 

G O, friend, and at Jf. hcvah's footftool how j 
Than ] 'il sot what a fov'reigti God may do. 

Conteis, if he commiferate thy cafe, 
'Twill he an a^ nifpQw'rful fov'reign grace. 
**queftraie carefully fame folemn hours, 

To (hew thy grand concer H i n fecre: bo w'rs< 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part I. 

Then in th' enfuing drain to God impart, 
And pour into bis bofom all thy heart. 

* O glorious, gracious, powerful, fovVeign Lord, 
' Thy help nnto a finful worm afford ; 

c Who from my wretched birth to this fad hour 
' Have ftiH been deftitute of will and pow'r ['pite 
1 To cloft with glorious Chrift ; yea, fill'd with"] 
' At thy fair darling, and thy faints delight, \ 

< Refitting all his grace with ail my might. J 
1 Come, Lord, and fap my enmity's frrong tow'r ; 
' O hafte the marriage-day, the day of pow'r : 

* That fweetly, by refiftlefs grace inclined, 
c iMv once reluctant be a willing mind. 

? Thou fpak'ir. to being ev'ry thing we fee, 

* When thy almighty will laid, Let it be. 
? Nothings to being in a moment pafs : 

' Let there be light, thou faidft; and fo it was*. 
1 A pmvVfol word like this, a mighty call, 

* Mult fay, Let there be faith, and then it (hall. 

1 Thou feek'ft mv fairh and flight from fin and guilt ; 
1 Give what thou fcck'ft, Lord; then feek what thou 
( What od c^.r [flue from a root lb ill ! [w4lt. 
f This heart of mine's a wicked lump of hell ; 
f 'Twill all rhy common motion? fttil reHft, 
f Unlets with Ipecial drawing virtue bleft. 

* Thou cab*, but with the call thy pow'r cotf- "j 
4 Command me to believe, and I'll obey, [_v*J ; ^ 
e Nor any mare thy gracious call gain lay. J 
1 Command, O Lord, effectually command, "| 
c And grant I be not able ro with ft and ; }> 
1 Then pow'rlefs I will ttreich the wither'd J. 

1 I to thy favour can pretend no claim* [hand. 
€ But what is borrow'd froni tl ; ions name ; 

< Which though moll juftty thou may'ft glorify, 
1 In damning fuch a guilty wretch as me. 

f Gen. i- J. 

Chap. Vi. Tr r'j EffoufaU; 0^ 

* A faggot fitted for the burning fire 

* Of thine iHcenfed everlaftmg ire : 

1 Yer, Lord, fince now J h£ar thy glorious Son. 
4 In favour of a that wa* uirlone, 
1 Did in fhy name, by thy authority, 
■ dee to the lull dern judice fatisfy ; 

* And paid more glorious tribute thereunto 
Than hell and ail its tormci e'er can do. 
Since my Salvation through hi* blood can raife "] 
A revenue to jndce' bight fl praife, J» 

* Higher than rents, which hell for ever mvs : J 
4 Thefe to tremendous jufticc never bring 

A farisfa&ion equal and condlgi . 
4 Bur Jefus our once dying God performs, 
4 What never could by ever-dying worms: 

* Since thus thy threat'ning law i** honour'd more 
r Than e'er my fins affronted it before : 

r Since judice item may greater glory win, 
4 By julii tying in thy darling 6on> 
4 Than by condemning ev'a the rebel me ; 
4 To this device nfwiidoni, lo ! I flee. 

* Let judice, Lord, according to thy will, 
4 Be giorify'd with glory great and full ; 

4 Not now in hell where judice pettv pay 
4 Is but extorted parcels mine'd tor a\ : 
r But giorify'd in Chrift, who down haa told 
4 The total Turn at once in liquid cold. 

* In lowed hell low praife is only won, 
4 But judice has the higheft in thv Son : 

4 The Sun of righteoufnefs that let in red, 
4 To ihew the gloriou* morning; w ould fncceed. 
In him then lave thou me from firi and fliame, 

* And to the highed glorify thv ua;me. 

4 Since this bright fcene thy glories all exprefs, 
ice as emprels reigns through nghreouinefs; 

94 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

Since mercy fair runs in a crimfofi flood, 
And vents through juftice fatisfying blood : 
Not only then for mercy's fake I lue, 
But for tke glory of thy juftice too. 
And iince e^ch letter of thy name divine 
Has in fair Jems' face the brighter! fiiine, 
This glorious Htrfband be for ever mine. 
' On this flrong argument fo fweet, fo h'eft, 
With thy allowance, Lord, I muft infift. 
Great God, Gnce thou ailow'fl: unworthy me 
To make thy glorious name my humble plea; 
Nogiory worthy of it wilt thou gain, 
By cafting me into the burning main. 
My feeble back can never fuit the load, 
That fpeaks thy name a fin-revenging God. 
Scarce would that name feem a confirming fire 
Upon a worm unworthy of thine ire. 
But fee the worthy Lamb, thy chofen Prieft 
With juftice' burningglafs againft his breaft, 
Contracting all the beams of ' venging wrath, , 
As in their centre, till he burn to death. 
Vengeance can never be fo much proclaimed. 
By fcatter'd beams among the millions damr/d. 
Then, Lord, in him me to the utmoft fove, 
And thou (halt glory to the higheil have : 
Glory to wijdom, that contrived io well ! 
Glory to/JGouV, that bore and bury'd hell ! 
Glory to holinefsj which fin defocd, 
With ilnlefs fervice now divinely g:-ac'd ! 
Giory to jufiice fword, that flaming flood. 
Now drunk to pleafure with atoning blood ! 
Glory to truth, that now in fcarlet clad, 
Has feal'd both threats and promifes with red! 
Glory to mercy> now in purple ftreams, 
So fwecrly crlidinp- through theaivine flames 
Of other once offended, now exalred names 1 

Chap. VI. The Bdkvsr*s Efpoufals. of 

4 Ench attribute confpires with joint embrace, ~> 
4 To (hew itsfparkling rays id JeiW face ; > 

« And thus to deck the crown ot matchlefs grace.-) 
' But to thy name in hell ne'er can accrue 
4 The thousandth part of this great revenue. 

4 O ravifhing contrivance ! light that blinds 
' Cherubic gafzers, and feraphic mind?. 
1 They pry into the deep, and love to learn 
1 What yet mould vaftly more be my concern. 
1 Lord, oace my hope molt reafonlels could dream 
4 Of heav'n, without regard to thy great name : 
i But here is laid my lading hope to found, 
6 A highly rational, a divine ground. 
1 'Tis reafonable, I expecl thou'lt take 
1 The way that moil will for thine honour make. 
4 Is this the plan I Lord, let me build my claim 
4 To life, on this high glory of thy name. 

* Nor let my fa it hie is heart or think, or fay, 
' That all this glory mall be thrown away 

4 In my perdition ; which will never raiie 
1 To thy great name fo vaft a rent of praife. 

* O then a rebel into favour take : 

4 Lord, fhield and fave me for thy glory's lake. 

' My endlefs ruin is not worth the coil, 

4 Thar fo much glory be for ever loll. 

4 I'll of the greaieit fmner bear the fii 

c To bring the greateft honcur to thy name. 

* Small lois, though I (hould perifh enclefs days : 
4 But thouiand pities grace ihould lole the praiie, 
4 O hear, Jehovah, get the glory then, 
4 And to my fupplication fay, Amen.' 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part i. 



The terrible Doom of unbelievers and rejecters of 
Christ, or de-oi.ers of the gofpel. 

THUS, (inner, into Jtfus' bofom flee, 
Then there is hope in Ifra'1 fore for thee. 
Slight not the call, as running by in rbime, 
Lett thou repent for ay, if not in time. 
'Tis moll unlawful to contemn and flmn 
Ail wholefome counfels that in metre run ; 
Since the prime fountains of the facred writ, 
Much beav'nly truth in holy rhimes tranfniitj 
If this don't pie-i^ yet hence it is no crlntfe 
To verify the word, a>id preach in rhirne. 
But in whatever mould the doclrine lies, 
Some erring minds will gqfpel-trrith defpi/e 
Without remied, till Heav'n anoint their eyes. 
Tiiefe lines pretend no conquering art nor (kill. 
But ihew, in weak attempts, a (Irons; good-will, 
To mortify all native lenral pride, 
And court the Lamb of God a virgin bride. 
If he thy conjuct match be never giv n, 
Thou'rt doomM to hell, as lure as God's in heav ? 
If gofpel grace and goodnefs don't thee draw, 
Thou'rr condemn^ already by the law. 
Yea, hence damnation deep will croubly brace, 
If Ail] thy heart contemn redeeming grace. 
No argument from fear or hope will move, 
Or draw thv heart, if not the bond of love : 
Nor lowing joys, nor flaming terrors chafe 
To Chrift the hav'n, without the gales of grace. 
O iiighter then ot grace's joyful found, 
Thou art over to the wrathful ocean bound. 
Anon thou'lt link into the gulf of woes, 
Whene'er thv waffirig hours are at a clofe : 


Chap. VI. The Believer's Efpoufah. 97 

Thy falfe old legal hope will then be loft", 
And with thy wretched foul give up the ghofh 
Then farewel God and Chrift, and grace and glore; 
Undone thou art, undone for evermore, 
For ever finking underneath the load 
And preffure of a fin revenging God, 
The facred awful text aflcrts, To fall 
Into his living hands is fearful thrall ; 
When no more facrifice for fin remains *, 
But ever-living wrath, and lading chains: 
Heav'n iVill upholding life in dreadful death, 
Still throwing down hot thunderbolts of wrath, 
As full of terror, and as manifold, 
As finite veffels of his wrath can hold. C CT T» 

€ Then> then we mayfoppofe the wretch to n 
1 Oh ! if this damning God would let me die, > 
1 And not torment me to eternity 1 J 

( Why from the filent womb of ftupid earth, 
i Did Heav'n awake and pufh me into birth ? 
€ Curs'd be the day that ever gave me life ; 
' Curs'd be the cruel parents, man and wife, 
' Means of my being, inftruments of woe ; 
c For now I'm damn'd, I'm damn'd, and always fo. 
' Curs'd be the day that ever made me hear 
* The got pel-call, which brought falvation near. 
' The endleis founds of flighted mercy's belJ, 
c Has in mine ears the moft tormenting knell. 

Of offer'd grace I vain repent the lots 
4 The joyful found with horror recognofce, 
' The hollow vault reverberates the found ; -i 
1 This killing echo ftrikes the deepeft wound, ± 
c And with too late remorfe does now confound. J 
1 Into the dungeon of defpair I'm lock'd; 
1 Th' once open door of hope for ever blotk'd ► 

♦ H«b. x. 29, gr, 



$2 Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

Hopelefs, I fink into the dark abyfs, 

Banifh'd for ever from eternal biffs. 

In boiling waves of vengeance muft I lie ? 

O could 1 curie this dreadful God, and die ! 

Infinite years in torment fhall I fpend, 
And never, never, never at an end ! 
Ah ! muft I live in torturing defpair 
As many years as atoms in the air i 
When thefe are fpent as many thoufands more 
As grains of fand that croud the ebbing fhore ? 
When thefe are done as many yet behind 
As leaves of foreft fhaken with the wind ? 
When thefe are gone, as many to enfue 
As ftems of grafs on hills and dales that grew ? 
When thefe run out, as manv on their inarch 
As ftarry lamps that gild the fpangled arch ? 
When thefe expire, as many millions more, 
As moments in the millions pa(t before? 
When all thefe doleful years are fpent in pain, 
And multiply'd by myriads again, 
Till numbers drown the thought ; could I fuppofe 
That then my wretched years were at a clofe, 
This would afford fome eafe; but, ah! 1 (hiver 
To think upon the dreadful found, for ever I 
The burning gulph, where I blafpheming ly, 
Is time no more, but vail: eternity. 
The growing torment I endure for fin, 
Through. ages all is always to begin. 
How Sid I but a grain of pleafure fow, 
.To reap an bar veil of immortal wo . ? 

V Bound to the bottom o' the burning main, 
Gnawing my chains, 1 wifh for death in vain. 
Juft doom ! iince 1 that bear the eternal load 
Conternn'd the death of an eternal God. 
Oh ! if the God that cu.s'd me to the lam, 
Would blefs me back 19 nothing- with a dafn ! 

Chap. VI. Tb; t>clicv:r* s Efpoufals. 9^ 

But hopelefs I the juft avenger hate, 
Blafpheme the wrathful Gud, and Gurfe my fate/ 
To thefe this word of terror I direct, 
Who now the great falvation dare neglect* : 
To all the Chrift-defpifing multitude, 
That trample on the great Redeemer's blood ; 
That fee no beauty in his glorious face, 
3ut flight his offers, and refufe his grace. 
\ meflenger of wrath to none 1 am, 
[Jut thofe that hate to wed the worthy Lamb* 
?or though the fmalleft fins, if fmall can be, 
Will plunge the Chriftlefs foul in mifery : 
Yet, lo! the greateft that to mortals cleave, 
Shan't damn the fouls in Jefus that believe; 
iBecaufe they on the very method fall 
irhat well caw make amends to God for all. 
Whereas proud fouls, through unbelief won't lei 
The glorious God a reparation get, 
Of all his honour, in his darling Son, 
Vor all the great difhonours they have done. 
\ faithlefs foul the glorious God bereaves 
Df all the fatisfacYion that he craves; 
Hence under divine hotteft fury lie?, 
r\nd with a double vengeance jultly dies. 
The bhekeft part of Tophet is their place, 
Who flight the tenders of redeeming grace. 
That (acrilegtons monfter, Unbelief, 
M) h.ird'ned 'gainft remorie and pious grief, 
jlobs God of all the plorv of his names, 
!^nd ev ry divine attribute defames. 
ft Ion lly calls the truth of God a lie ; 
The God of truth a liar f ; horrid cry ! 
Doubts and denies his precious words of grace, 
3 venom in the royal Suitor's face. 

* Heb. ii. 3. -f John v. 12- 

loo Gospel Sonnets. Part I. 

This monfter cannot ceafe all fin to hatch. 

Becaufe it proudly mars the happy match. 

As each law-wedded foul is join'd to fin, 

And deftitute of holinefs within ; 

So all that wed the law, muft wed the curfe, 

Which rent they fcorn to pay with Chrift's full purfe. 

They clear may read their dreadful doom in brief, 

Whole fefter'd fore is final unbelief; 

Though to the law their life exactly fram'd, f 

For zealous acts and paflions too were fam'd : [ 

Yet, lo ! He that believes not, (hall be damn'd f. J 

But now 'tis proper, on the other fide, 
With words of comfort to addrefs the bride. 
She in her glorious Huiband does pofTefs 
Adorning grace, acquitting righteoufnefs : 
And hence to her pertain the golden mines 
Of comfort op'ned in the foll'wing lines. 

tjohniii. 18. 


part ii. 
The Believer's Jointure: 

The Poem continued upon Isaiah liv. 5. 
Thy Maker is thy Hufband. 

N* B. The following lines being primarily intend- 
ed for the ufe and edification of pioufly exercif- 
ed foals, and efpecially thofe of a more com- 
mon and ordinary capacity ; the author thought 
fit, through the whole of this fecond part of the 
book, to continue, as in the former editions, to 
repeat that part of the text, Thy Hufband, in 
the laft line of every verfe : becaufe, however 
it tended to limit him, and relirift his liberty of 
words in the compofition, yet having ground to 
judge that this appropriating compensation ftill 
refumed, has rendered thefe lines formerly the 
more favoury to fome exercifed Chriftians, to 
whom the name of Chrijl (particularly as their 
Head and Hufband) is as ointment poured forth : 
he chofe rather to lubjedl himfelf to that reflec- 
tion, than to with-hold what may tend to the 
fatisfaction and comfort of thofe to whom Chrift 
is all in all; and to whom his name, as their 
Hu&band, fo many various ways applied, will 
be no naufe'ous repetition. 

102 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

C H A P I. 

Containing the Privileges of the Be» 
liever that is efpoufed to Christ by 
faith of divine operation. 


The Believer's perfect beauty, free acceptance, and 
full fecurity, through the imputation of Christ's per- 
fect righteoufnefs, though imparted grace be imperfect* 

O Happy foul, Jehovah's bride^ 
The Lamb's beloved fjpoufe ; 
Strong confolation's flowing tide, 
Thy Husband thee allows. 

In thee, though like thy father's race. 

By nature black as hell ; 
Yet now fo beautify'd by grace, 

Thy Husband loves to dwell. 

Fair as the moon thy robes appear, 

While graces are in drefs : 
Clear as the fun *, while found to wear 

Thy Husband's righteoufnefs. 

Thy moon- like graces, changing much, 

Have here and there a fpot ; 
Thy fun-like glory is not fuch, 

Thy Husband changes not. 

Thy white and ruddy vefture fair 
Outvies the roiy leaf; 


Song vi. IQ. 

Chap. I. The Believer's Jointure. 103 

For 'mong ten thoufand beauties rare 
Thy Husband is the chief. 

Cloth'd with the fun, thy robes of light 

The morning rays outfhine ; 
The lamps of heav'n are not fo bright, 

Thy Hufband decks thee fine. 

Though hellifh fmoke thy duties ftain, 

And fin deforms thee quite ; 
Thy Surety's merit makes thee clean, 

Thy Hufband's beauty white. 

Thy pray'rs and tears, nor pure nor good, 

But vile and loathfome Teem : 
Yet gain by dipping in his blood, 

Thy Rufband's high efteem. 

No fear thou ftarve, though wants be great. 

In him thou art compleat * : 
Thy hungry foul may hopeful wait, 

Thy Hufband gives thee meat. 

Thy money, merit, pow'r and pelf, 

Were fquandered by thy fall ; 
Yet having nothing in thyfelf, 

Thy Hufband 15 thy all. 

Law precepts, threats, may both befet 

To crave of thee their due ; 
But juftice for thy double debt 

Thy Hufband did purfue. 

Though juftice ftern as much belong 

As mercy to a God ; 
Yet juftice fuffered here no wrong. 

Thy Hufband's back was broad. 

* Col. ii. 19. 

104 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

He bore the load of wrath alone, 

That mercy might take vent ; 
Heav'n's pointed arrows all upon 

Thy Hufband's heart was fpent. 

Ko partial pay could juftice ftill, 

No farthing was retrenched ; 
Vengeance exacted all, until 

Thy Huiband all" advanced. 

He paid in liquid golden red 

Each mite the law required, 
Till with a loud '77/ finijhed*, 

Thy Hufband's breath expir'd. 

Ko procefs more the law can tent ; 

Thou ftand'ft without its verge, 
And may eft at pleafure now prefent 

Thy Hufband's full dTcharge. 

Though now contracted guilt bege: 

New fears of divine ire ; 
Yet fear thou not, though drown'd in debtj 

Thy Hufband is the payer. 

God might in rigour thee indite 

Of higheft crimes and flaws ; 
But on thy head no curfe can light, 

Thy Hufband is the caufe. 

S E C T. II. 

Christ the belie ver's friend, prophet, prieft, king, de^ 
fence, guide, guard, help, and healer. 

DEAR foul, when all the human race 
Lay weltering in their gore 

* John xix. 3 3. 

Chap. I. The Believer's Jointure. joc 

Vaft numbers in that difmal cafe 
Thy Hufband pafTed o'er. 

But pray, why did he thoufands pafs, 

And let his heart on thee ? 
The deep, the fearchlefs reafon was, 

Thy Hufband's love is free. 

The forms of favour, names of grace, 

And offices of love, 
He bears for thee, with open face 

Thy Hufband's kindneis prove. 

'Gainft darknefs black, and error blind, 

Thou haft a fun and fliield * : 
And, to reveal the Father's mind, 

Thy Hufband's Prophet feal'd. 

Pe likewife to procure thy peace, 

And fave from fin's a r re ft, 
llefign'd himfelf a facrifice ; 

Thy Hufband is thy Priefi. 

And that he might thy will fubjeclj 

And fweetly captive bring, 
Thy fins fubdue, his throne creel, 

Thy Hufband i$*thy King. 

Though numerous and aflaulting foes 

Thy joyfu! peace may mar ; 
And thou a thoufand battles lofe, 

Thy Hufband wins the war. 

Jieli's force?, which thy mind appall, 

His arm can foon difpatch ; 
How ft rang foe'er, yet for them all 

Thy Hufband'^ more than match. 

Though fecret lufts with hid conteftj 
i3y heavy groans reveal'd, 

* Pfalm lxxxiv. 1 1 . 
E a 

jo6 Gospel Sonnets. Part II* 

And devils rage ; yet do their belt, 
Thy Hufband keeps the field. 

When, in defertion's evening dark, 

Thy fteps are apt to Aide, 
His conduct feek, his counfel mark, 

Thy Hufband is thy guide. 

In doubts, renouncing felf-conceit, 

His word and Spirit prize : 
He never counfeil'd wrong as yet, 

Thy Hufband is fo wife. 

When weak, thy refuge fecfl: at hand, 

Yet cannot run the length : 
3 Tis prefent pow'r to underftand 

Thy Hufband is thy flrength. 

When fliakin g ftorms annoy thy heart, 

His word commands a calm : 
When bleeding wounds, to eafe thy fmart, 

Thy Huiband's blood is balm. 

Truft creatures, nor to help thy thrall, 

Nor to afluage thy grief: 
Ufe means, but look beyond them all, 

Thy Huiband's thy relief. 

If Heav'n prefcribe a bitter ^rug, 

Fret not with froward will : 
This carriage may thy cure prorogue ; 

Thy Hufband wants not ikill. 

He fees the fore, he know the cure 

Will moft adapted be ; 
'Tis then moil reafonable, fure, 

Thy Hufband choofe for thee. 

Friendfhip is in his chaftifements, 

And favour in bis frowns'; 
Thence judge not then in heavy plaints, 

Thy Hufband thee difowns. 

Chap. I. The Believer's Jointure. 107 

The deeper his fharp lancet go 

In ripping up thy wound, 
The more thy healing (hail unto 

Thy Hufband's praife redound. 


Christ the believer's wonderful phyfician, andwealtby 

KIND Jefus empties whom he'll fill, 

Cafts clown whom he will raife ; 
He qucikens whom he teems to kill ; 

Thy Hufband thus gets praife. 

When awful rods are in his hand, 

There's mercy in his mind ; 
When clouds upon his brow do ftand, 

Thy Hufband's heart is kind. 

In various chancres to and fro, 

He'll ever conitant prove ; 
Nor can his kindnefs come and go, 

Thy Hufband's name is Love. 

His friends in moft afflicted lot 

His favour melt have felt ; 
for when they're try'd in furnace hot 

Thy Hufband's bowels melt. 

When he his bride or wounds or heal.-', 

Heart kindnefs does him move ; 
And wraps in frowns as well as fmile?, 

Thy Hufband's Jailing love. 

In's hand no cure could ever fail 

Though of a hopelefs ftate 
He can in defp'rate cafes heal, 

Thy hufband's art's fo. great. 

ic3 Gospel Sonnets. Part 1I« 

The medicine he did prepare, 

Can't fail to work for good : 
O bal fa m pow'rfu!, precious, rare, 

Thy Hufband's facred blood : 

Which freely from his broached breaft 

Gufn'd our like pent up fire 
His cures are beft, his wages leaft, 
Thy Hufband takes no hire. 

Thou haft no worth, r.o might, no good^ 

His favour to procure : 
But fee his ilore, his pow'r his blood i 

Thy Hufband's never poor. 

Himfelf he humbled wond'roufly 

Once to the loweft pitch, 
That bankrupts through his poverty 

Thv Huiband might enrich. 

His rreafure is more excellent 

Than hills of Ophir gold : 
In telling ftore were ages fpent, 

Thy Hufband's can't be told. 

K\\ things that By on wings of fame* 

Compar'd with this are drofsj 
Thy iearchlefs riches in his name 

Thy Hufband doth en^rofs. 

The great Immanuel, God-man, 

Includes fuch ftore divine ; 
Angels and faints will never fcan 

Thy Husband's golden mine. 

He's full of grace and truth * indeed, 

Of' Spirit + ,, merit, might ; 
Of all the wealth that bankrupts need, 

Thy Husband's heir by right. 

*Johni. 14. fjohniii. 3.4> 

Chap. I. Ths Believer's Jointure. 109 

Tho' heavVs his throne *, he came from thence, 

To feek and lave the loft f ; 
Whatever he the vaft expence, 

Thy Husband's at the coft. 

Pleas'd to expend each drop of blood 

That fill'd his royal veins, 
He frank the facred victim ftood ; 

Thy Husband fpares no pains. 

His coft immenfe was in thy place, 

Thy freedom coft his thrall ; 
Thy glory coft him deep di (grace, 

Thy Husband paid for all . 


_f he believer's furety under the covert of Christ's aton-. 
ing blood, and powerful intercejlion. 

WH EN Heav'n proclaim'd hot war and wratb ; 

And fin increas'd the ft rife ; 
By rich obedience unto death, 

Thy Hufband bought thy life. 

The charges could not be abridg'd, 

But on thefe noble terms ; 
Which all rlut prize, are hugg'd amidft 

Thy Hufband's folded arms. 

When law condemns, andjuftice too 

To prifon would thee hale ; 
As (ureries kind for bankrupts do, 

Thy Husband oifers bail. 

God on thefe terms is reconcii'd, 

And thou his heart haft won ; 
In Chrift thou art his favour'd child, 

Thy Husband is his Son. 

* Ifa. lxyi. I* f Luke xix. UL 

no Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

Vindictive wrath is whole appeas'd, 

Thou need'ftnot then be mov'd ; 
In Jesus always he's well pleased) 

Thy Husband's his Belovd\, 

What can be laid unto thy charge, 

When God does not condemn ? 
Bills of complaint, though foes enlarge, 

Thy Husband anfwers them. 

When fear thy guilty mind confounds, 

Full comfort this may yield; 
Thy ranfom-bill with blood and wounds 

Thy Husband kind has feal'd. 

His promife is the fair extract 

Thou haft at hand to fhew ; 
Stern juftice can no more exact, 

Thy Hufband paid its due. 

No terms he left thee to fulfil, 

No clog to mar thy faith ; 
His bond is iign'd, his latter-will 

Thy Hufband feal'd by death. 

The great condition of the band 

Of promife aud of blifs, 
Is wrought by him, and brought to handj 

Thy Hufband's righteoufnefs. 

When therefore prefs'd in time of need a 

To fue the promis'd good, 
Thou haft no more to do but plead 

Thy Hufband's fealing blood. 

This can thee more to God commend, 

And cloudy wrath difpel, 
Than e'er thy finning could offend j 

Thy Hufband vanquifrYd hell. 

\ r^atth. iii. 17. 

Chap. I. The Believer's Jointure. in 

When vengeance Teems, for broken laws, 

To light on thee with dread ; 
Let Chrift be umpire of thy caufe, 

Thy Hufband well can plead. 

He pleads his righteoufnefs that brought, 

All rents the law could crave ; 
Whate'er its precepts, threatening*, fought f 

Thy Hufband fully gave. 

Did holinefs in precepts (land, 

And for perfection call, 
Juftice in threai'nings death demand ? 

Thy Hufband gave it all. 

His blood the fiery law did quench, 

Its fummons need not fear : 
Tho *t cite thee to Heav'n's awful bench* 

Thv Hufband's at the bar. 

This advocate has much to fay, 

His clients need not fear ; 
For God the Father hears him ay, 

Thy Hufband hath his ear. 

A caufe fail'd never in his hand^ 

So ftron^his pleading is ; 
His Father grants his whole demand, 

Thy Hufband's will is his. 

Hell-forces all may rendezvous, 

Accnfers may combine ; 
Yet fear thou not who art hisfponfe, 

Thy Hufband's caufe is thine. 

By folemnoath Jehovah did 

His priefthood ratify ; 
Let earth and hell then counterplead^ 

Thy Hufband gains the plea. 

H2 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 


The believer's faith and hope encouraged even i» 
the darkeft nights of defertion and diftrefs. 

THE cunning ferpent may accufe, 

But never fliall fucceed ; 
The God of peace will Satan bruife, 

Thy Hufband broke his head *. 

Hell furies threaten to devour, 

Like lion's robb'd of whelps: 
But lo ! in ev'ry per'Ious hour, 

Thy Hufband always helps. 

That feeble faith may never fail, 

Thine Advocate has pray'd; 
Though winnowing tempeft may aflaill 

Thy Hufoand's near to aid. 

Though grievous trials grow a- pace, 

And put thee to a ftand>; 
Thou rnay'ft rejoice in ev'ry cafe, 

Thy Hufbdud's help at hand. 

Truft though, when in defertion dark. 

No twinkling ftar by night, 
No ray appear, no glirnVing fpark ; 

Thy Husband is thy light. 

His beams anon the clouds can rent, 

And through the vapours run*; 
For of the brjghteft firmament, 

Thy Husband is the fun. 

Without the fun" who mourning: 20, 

And fcarce the way can find, 
He brings through paths they do not know f ; 
Thy H us bard leads the blind. 

i Horn, xvl ?0, f Ijk xliii. i& 

Chap. I. Tie Believes Jointure. nj 

Through fire and water he with Hull 

Brings to a wealthy land ; 
Rude flames and roaring floods, be stili* 

Thy Husband can command. 

When fin diforders heavy bring?, 

Thatprefs thy foul with weight; 
Then mind how many crooked things 

Thy Husband has made ftraight. 

Still look to him with longing eyes, 
Though both thine eyes fliould fail ; 

Cry, and at length, though not thy criej^ 
Thy Husband fhali prevail. 

Still hope for favour at his hand, 

Though favour don't appear ; 
When help feems moft aloof to ftand, 

Thy Husband's then moft near. 

In cafes hopelefs-like, faint hopes 

May fail, and fears annoy ; 
But moft when ftript of earthly props^ 

Thy Husband thoul'r enjoy. 

If providence the promite thwart, 

And yet thy humbled mind 
'Gainit hope believers in hope-)-, thou art 

Thy Hufband's deareft friend. 

Art thou a weakling, poor and faint, 

In jeopardy each hour \ 
Let not thy weaknefs move thy plaint, 

Thy Husband has the pow'r. 

Dread not the foes that foil'd thee long, 

Will ruin thee at length : 
When thou art weak, then art thou ftrong^ 
Thy Husband is thy ftrength. 

f Rom. vi. j8» 

1X4 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

When foes are mighty, many too, 

Don't fear, nor quit the field ; 
'Tis not with thee they have to do, 

Thy Husband is thy fhield. 

*Tis hard to fight againft an hoft, 

Or ftrive againft the ftream ; 
But lo ! when all feems to be loft, 

Thy Husband will redeem. 


Benefits accruing to Believers, from the offices, namesj 
natures, and fufferings of Christ. 

ART thou by lufts a captive led. 

Which breeds thy deepeft grief I 
To ranfom captives is his trade, 

Thy Husband's thy relief. 

His precious name is Jesus, why I 

Becaufe he faves from fin * ? 
Redemption-right he won't deny, 

Thy Husband's near a kin. 

His wounds have fav'd thee once from woes, 
His blood from vengeance fcreen'd ; 

When heav'n, and earth, and hell were foes, 
Thy Husband was a friend : 

And will thy Captain now look on, 

And fee thee trampled down ? 
When, lo! thy Champion has the throne, 

Thy Husband wears the crown. 

Yield not, though cunning Satan bribe, 

Or like a lion roar ? 
The Lion ftrong of Judah's tribe, 

Thy Husband's to tbe fore. 

* Matth. i. 21. 

Chap. I- The Believer's Jointure. 1 15 

And that he never will forfake *, 

His credit fair he pawn'd ; 
In hotted broils, then, courage take, 

Thy Husband's at thy hand. 

No ftorm needs drive thee to a ftrait, 

Who doft his aid invoke : 
Fierce winds may blow, proud waves may beat, 

Thy Husband is the rock. 

Renounce thine own ability, 

Lean to his promis'd might ; 
The ftrength of Ifr'ei cannot lie, 

Thy Husband's pow'r is plight. 

An awful truth does here prefent^ 

Whoever think it odd ; 
In him thou art omnipotent, 

Thy Husband is a God. 

Jehovah's ftrength is in thy Head, 

Which faith may boldly fcan ; 
God in thy nature does refide, 

Thy Husband is a man* 

Thy flefli is his, his Spirit thine 1 

And that you both are one, 
One body, Ipirit, temple, vine, 

Thy Husband deigns to own. 

Kind he affum'd thy flefh and blood 

This union to purfue ; 
And without fhame his brotherhood 

Thy Husband does avow. 

He bore the crofs thy crown to win, 

His blood he freely fpilt ; 
That holy One afTuming fin, 

Thy Husband bore the guilt. 

* Heb. xiii. 5* 

n6 Gospel Sonnets. Part !!• 

Lq ! what a blefs'd exchange is this 1 

Whar wifdom mines therein ! 
That thou mighi'ft be ra.ide right e.oufnefs, 

Thy Husband was made fin *"; 

The God of joy a man of grief, 

Thy forrows to difcufs ; 
Pure innocence hang'd as a thief; 

Thy Husband lovM thee thus. 

Bright beauty has his vifage marr'd 

His comely form abufs'd, 
True reft was from all reft debarr'd, 

Thy Husband's heel was brmYd. 

The God of bleffinirs was a curfe. 

The Lord of lords a drudge, 
The heir of all things poor in purfe i 

Thy Husband did not g. udge. 

The judge of all condemned was, 

The God immortal flain : 
No favour in thy woful caufe. 

Thy Husband did obtain. 


Christ's fufferings further improved; and Believers 
called to live by faith, both when they have and want 
fenfible influences. 

LOUD praifes fing, without farceafe> 

To him that frankly came, 
And gave his foul a facriflce ; 

Thy Husband was the Lamb. 

What wakcn'd vengeance could denounce, 
All round him did befet ; 

* 2 Cor. v. 21, 

Chap. I. The Believer's Jointure. 117 

And never left his foul 'till once 
Thy Husband paid the debt. 

And though new debt thou {till contract, 

And run in deep arrears ; 
Yet all thy burdens on his back, 

Thy Husband always bears. 

Thy Judge will ne'er demand of thee 

Two payments for one debt ; 
Thee with one victim wholly free 

Thy Husband kindly fet. 

That no grim Vengeance might thee meet^ 

Thy Husband met with all ; 
And that thy foul might drink the fweet, 

Thy Husband drank the grill. 

Full breafts of joy he loves t' extend, 

Like to a kindly nurfe ; 
And, that thy bills might full be gain'd, 

Thy Husband was a curie. 

Thy fins he glu'd unto the tree > 

His blood this virtue hath ; 
For, that thy heart to fin might die, 

Thy Husband fuffer'd death. 

To pnrchafe fjiljy all thy good, 

All evil him befel ; 
To win thy heav'n with flreams of blood, 

Thy Husband quenched hell. 

That this kind days-man in one band 

Might God and man betroth, 
He on both parties lays his hand, 

Thy Husband pleales both. 

The blood that could flern juftlce pleafe, 
And law-demapds fulfil, 

n8 Gospel Sonnets* Part II, 

Can only guilty confcience eafe ; 
Thy Husband clears the bill. 

Thy higheft glory is obtain'd 

By his abatement deep ; 
And that thy tears might all be drain'd, 

Thy Husband chofe to weep. 

His bondage all thy freedom bought, 

He ftoop'd Co lowly down ; 
His grappling all thy grandeur brought, 

Thy Husband's crofs thy crown. 

'Tis by his fliock thy fceptre fways, 

His warfare ends thy ftrife ; 
His poverty thy wealth conveys, 

Thy Husband's death thy life. 

Do mortal damps invade thy heart, 

And deadneis ieize thee Core I 
Rejoice in this, that life t' impart 

Thy Husband has in ftore. 

And when new life imparted feems 

Eftablifh'd as a rock, 
Boaft in the fountain, not the ftreams; 

Thy Husband is thy ftock. 

The Itreams may take a various turn, 

The fountain never moves : 
Ceafe then, o'er failing dreams to m«urn, 

Thy Husband thus thee proves. 

That glad thou may ft ; when drops are gone, 

Joy in the ipacious fee ; 
When incomes fail, then (till upon 

Thy Husband keep thine eye. 

But can't thou look, nor moan thy ftrait, 
So dark's the diimal hour ? 

Chap. I. The Believer's Jcinturc. I if 

Yet, as thou'rt able, cry and wait 
Thy Husband's day of pow'r. 

Tell him though fin prolong the term, 

Yet love can fcarce delay : 
Thy want, his promife, all affirm, 

Thy Husband muft not flay. 


Christ the Believer's enriching Treafure* 

KIND Jefus lives thy life to be 

Who mak'ft him thy refuge ; 
And, when he comes, thou'lt joy to fee 

Thy Husband mail be judge. 

Should paffing troubles thee annoy, 

Without, within, or both ? 
Since endlefs life tbou'It then enjoy, 

Thy Husband pledg'd his truth. 

What won't he, even in time, impart, 

That's for thy real good \ 
He gave his love, he gave his heart, 

Thy Kufband gave his blood. 

He gives himfelf, and what mould more? 

VVhat can he then refute 
If this won't pleafe thee, ah ? how fore 

Thy Husband doft abufe ? 

Earth's fruit, heav'n's dew he won't deny, 

Whofe eyes thy need behold : 
Nought under or above the fky 

Thy Husband will withhold. 

Doft loffcs grieve ? Since all is thine, 
What lofs can thee befal? 

120 Gospel Sonnets, Part II. 

All things for good to thee combine % 
Thy Husband orders ail. 

Thour't not put off with barren leaves, 

Or dung of earthly pelf; 
More wealth than heaven and earth he gives. 

Thy Husband's thine him 1 elf. 

Thou haft enough to (lay thy plaint 

Elfe thou complain'ft^of eafe ; 
For, having all, don't fpeak of want, 

Thy Husband may fuffice. 

From this thy (lore, believing, take 

Wealth to the utmoft pitch : 
The gold of Ophir cannot make, 

Thy Husband makes thee rich. 

Some flying gains acquire by pain?, 

And fome by plunu'ring toil; 
Such treafure fades, but thine remains, 

Thy Husband's cannot fpoil. 


Chuist the Believer's adorning Garmenr • 

YEA, thou exceU'ft in rich attire 

The lamp that lights the globe; 
Thy fparkligg garment b'eav'ns admire, 

Thy Kufoand is thv robe. 

This raiment never waxes old, 

? Tis always new ar,d clean ; 
From fummer-hear, and winter- co!d« 

Thy Huiband can thee fcreen. 

All who the name of worthies bore, * 
Since Adam wa3 irodreit, 

Rom- vui. 2ir 

Chap. I. The Believer's Jointure. in 

No worth acquir'd, but»as thei 
Thy Hufbancrs purple veir. 

This linen fine can beautify 

The foul with fin beo-h-t : 
blefs his name that e'er oil "die ! 

Thy Huiband fpread his Drift. 

Are dunghills deck'd with flow'ry gtbj 

Which Solomon's outvie ? 
Sure thine is infinitely more, 

Thy Husband decks the fky. 

Thy ha i;ds con Id never work the drei'V, 

By grace alone thou'rt cray ; 
Grace vents and reigns thro' righjepufnefsj 

Thy Husband's bright array. 

To fpin thy robe no more clod need 

Than liiies toil for theirs ; 
Out of his bowels ev'ry thread 

Thy Husband thine prepares, 


Christ the Believer's fweet Nboriftintient 

THY lood, conform to thine array. 

is heav uly and divine ; 
On paftures green, where angds play, 

Thy Husband feeds dice fine 

Angelrc food may make thee fair, 

And look with chearful face ; 
Tlie bread of life, the double Qiare, 

Thv Hu -band's love and grace. 

What can he give or thou defire, 

More than hi.> flefc and blood 



122 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

Let angels wonder, faints admire, 
Thy Husband is thy food. 

His flefh the incarnation bears 

From whence thy feeding flows; 
His blood the fatisfaetion clears ; 

Thy Husband both bellows. 

Th' incarnate God a facrifice 

To turn the wrathful tide, 
Is food for faith ; that may fuffice 

Thy Husband's guilty bride. 

This ftrength'ning food may fit and fence 

For work and war to come ; 
Till thro' the croud, forne moments hence, 

Thy Husband bring thee home. 

Where plenteous feafting will fucceed 

To fcanty feeding here : 
And joyful at the table-head, 

Thy Husband fair appear. 

The crumbs to banquets will give place, 

And drops to rivers new : 
While heart and eye will face to face 

Thy Husband ever view. 

Chap. II. The Believer's Jointure* 123 


Containing the Marks and Charac- 
ters of the Believer in Christ ; to- 
gether with fome farther privileges 
and grounds of comfort to the Saints. 


Doubting Believers called to examine, by marks drawn 
from their love to him and his prefence, their view of 
his glorv, and their being emptied of felf-righteoufnefs, 

GOOD news! but, fays the drooping bride, 
Ah ! what's all this to me ? 
Thou doubt'ft thy right when (hadows hide 
Thy Husband's face from thee. 

Through fin and guilt thy fpirit faints, 

And trembling fears thy fate ; 
But harbour not thy sroundlefs plaints, 

Thy Husband's advent wait. 

Thou fob'ft, iC O were I fure he's mine, 

This would give glad'ning eafe \ % 
And iay'ft, tho' wants and woes combine, 

Thy Husband would thee pleafe. 

But up and down, and feldom clear, 

Inclos'd with helli(h routs ; 
Yet yield thou not, nor fofter fear : 

Thy Husband hates thy doubts. 

Thy cries and tears may flighted feem, 
And barr'd from prefent eafe; 

124 Gospei. Sonnets. Part IL 

Yet blame thyfelf, but never dream 
Thy Husband's ill to pleafe. 

Thy jealous unbelieving heart 

Still droops, and knows not why; 
•Then prove thyfelf to cafe thy fmart, 

Thy Husband bids thee try. 

The foil' wing queftions put to thee, 

A-. fcriprure-mark?, may tell 
And ihew whate*er thy failings be, 

Thy Husband loyes thee well. 


A RT thou content when he's away ? 

Can earth allay thy pants? 
If confcience wjtne/s, won't it fay, 

Thy Husband's all thou wants ? 

,When he is near, (though in a cro£s), 

And thee with comfort feed ; 
Dofl thou not count the earth as drofs, 
Thy Husband all thou needs ? 

In duties art thou pleas'd or pain'd, 

When far he';; out of view ? 
And finding him, think'tt all regain'd, 

Thy Husband always new. 

Tho' once thou thought ft, while Sinai mi 

And darknefs compafs'd thee, 
x boil waft undone ; and glorious Cbrift 

Thy Husband ne'er would b~. 

Yet know 'ft thou not a fairer place, 

Of which it may be told, 
That tbe^e the glory of his grace, 

Thy Husband did unfcld ? 

Chap II. The Bclkvjr's Jointure. I2£ 

Where heav'nly beams iuflam'd thy foul, 

And love's feraphic art, 
With hallelujahs did extol 

Thy Husband in thy heart. 

Gouldft then have wifh'd all Adam's race 

Had join'd with thee to gaze ; 
That viewing fond his comely face, 

Thy Husband might get praife ? 

Art thou disjoined from other lords ? 

Divorc'd from fed'ral laws ? 
While with mod loving gofpel cords 

Thy Husband kindly draws I 

A'n't thou enlighten'd now to fee 

Thy righteoufnefs is naught 
But rags*, that cannot cover thee? 

Thy Husband fo has taught. 

Doft fee thy bed performances 

Deferve but hell indeed ? 
And hence are led, renouncing thefe I 

Thy Husband's blood to plead \ 

When ftrengthen'd boldly to addrefs 

That gracious throne of his, 
Dofl find thy ftrength and riglueoufnefs, 

Thy Husband only is? 

Canft thou thy mnft exalted frame 

Renounce, as with'ring grafs, 
And firmly hold thine only claim, 

Thy Husband's worthinefs. 

Canft pray with utmoft holy f pith, 

And yet renounce thy good ? 
And waft, not with thy tears, but with 

Thy Husband's precious blood . ? 

* Ifa. hdv. 6* 4- Vigour or {trer.gtii. 

1 2b Gospel Sonnets. Part II, 


Believers defcribed from their Faith acting by divine aidj 
and fieeir.g quite out of themfelves to Christ. 

C A N nothing lefs thy confcience eafe ; 

And pleafe thy heart ; no lefs 
Than that which jnftice fatbfies, 

Thy Husband's righteoufnefs ? 

Doft fee thy works fo ftain'd with fin, 
That thou through grace art mov'd 

To feek acceptance only in 
Thy Husband, the Belov'd ? 

Doft thou remind,, that once a day 

Free grace did ftrengthen thee, 
To gift thy guilty foul away, 

Thy Husband's bride to be? 

Or doft thou mind the day of powV, 

Wherein he broke thy pride, 
And gain'd thy heart? O happy hour 

Thy Husband caught the bride ! 

He did thy enmity fubdue, 

Thy bondage fad rec^], 
Made thee to cboofe and clofe purfue 

Thy Husband as thy all. 

V/hat reft, and peace, and joy enfu'd, 

Upon this noble choice ? 
Thy heart, with flow'rs of pleafures ftrew\ 

Thy Husband made rejoice. 

.' . 

Dofl; know thou. ne 9 er couldfl him pmbfacei 

Till he embraced thee ? 
Nor ever fee htm/ till his face 

Thy. Knsband opened free ? 

Chap. II. 7kg Believer's Jointure. 127 

And findeft to this very hour, 

That this is It ill the charm ; 
Thou canft do nothing, till with pow'r 

Thy Husband fhew his arm ? 

Canft thou do nought by nature, art, 

Or any ftrength of thine, 
Ufitil thy wicked froward heart 
. Thy Husband (hall incline. 

But art thou, though without a wing 

Of pow'r aloft to flee, 
Yet able to do ev'ry thing, 

Thy Husband ftrength' ning thee 

Deft not alone at duties fork*, 

Bur foreign aid enjoy ? 
And ftill in ev'ry piece of work 

Thy Husband's ftrength employ 

Thy motion heav'nly is indeed, 

While thou by faith doil move ; 
And ftill in ev'vy time of need 

Thy Husband's grace improve. 

No common nat'ral faith can (hew 

Its divine brood like this; 
Whofe object, author, feeder tc 

Thy Husband only is. 

Doft thou by faith on him rely ? 

On him, not on thy faith ? 
If faith (hall with its object vie, 

Thy Husband's let beneath. 

Their hands receiving; faculty. 

Poor beggars never view ; 
But hold the royal gift in eye ; 

Thy Husband fo wilt thou. 

♦Labour, wrcftle, or toil, 

128 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

Faith, like a gazing eye ne'er waits 

To boaft its feeing pow'rs; 
Its object views, itfelf forgets ; 

Thy Husband it adores. 

It humbly ftill itfelf denies, 

Nor brags its adls at all ; 
Deep plung'd into its object lies, 

Thy Husband is its all. 

No ftrength but his it has, and vaunts, 

No ftore but his can fhow : 
Hence nothing has, yet nothing wants, 

Thy Husband trains it fo. 

Faith, of its own, no might can fhew, 

Elfe would itfelf deftroy ; 
But will for all it has to do } 

Thy Husband ftill employ. 

Self-faviours none could ever be 

By faith or grace of theirs : 
Their fruitlefs toil, fo high that flee^ 

Thy Husband's praile impairs. 

The feemingly devouteft deed, 

That would with fhamelefs brow 
His faving trade take o'er his head. 

Thy Husband won't allow. 

Doft therefore thou to him alone 

Commit thy finful foul ? 
Knowing of thy lalvation 

Thy Husband is the whole ? 

Chap. II. The Believers Jointure. 129 

S E C T. III. 

Believers characterifed by the objefts and purity of their 
defire, delight, joy, hatred, and love, difcovering 
they have the Spirit of Christ. 

DOST thou his Spirit's conduct wait ? 

And, when compar'd to this, 
All worldly wifdom under-rate ? 

Thy Husband waits to blefs. 

Tak'ft thou his Spirir for thy guide, 

Through Baca's vaUey dry, 
Whofe ftreams of influences glide 

Thy Husband's garden by ? 

In discing wells here by his powV, 

D'.'ft find it not in vain, 
While here a drop, and there a fhow'r 

Thy Husband makes to rain \ 

Hence doft thou through each weary cafe, 

From ftrength to ftrength go on, 
From faith tu faith, while grace for grace ; 

Thy Husband gives anon ? 

The good, the gracious work begun, 

And further 'd by Ivs ftrength, 
Shall profp'rous, though with wrcftiing, win 

Thy Husband's crown at length. 

Sin's pow'r and prefence canft thou own 

Is thy molt grievous fmartj 
That makes thee fob, and weep alone \ 

Thy Husband knows thy heart. 

Does love to him make thee diftafte 

Thy lnfts with all their charms \ 
And moft them loath'ft, when nv;ft tbou haft 

Thy Husband in thine arms? 

130 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

Are cords of love the fweeteft ties 

To bind thee duty-ways ? 
And beft thou ferv'ft when moft thou fpies 

Thy Husband's beauteous rays ? 

Didft ever theu thy pardon read 

In tears of untold joy ? 
When mercy made thy heart to bleed. 

Thy Husband was not coy. 

Do pardons fweetly melt thy heart ? 

And moft imbitter fin ? 
And make thee long with drofs to part. 

Thy Husband's throne to win ? 

When he arifes luft to kill, 

Corruptions to deftroy, 
Does gladnefs then thy fpirit fill ? 

Thy Husband is thy joy, 

Doft thou his perfon fair embrace 

Beyond his bleffings all? 
Sure, then, thou boldly mayft through grace 

Thy Husband Jesus call. 

What company doft thou prefer ? 

What friends above the reft ? 
Of all relations every where, 

Thy Husband is the beft. 

Whom in the earth or heav'n doft thou 

Moft ardently defire f 
Is love's afcending fpark unto 

Thy Husband let on fire I 

Haft thou a hatred to his foes, 

And doft their courfe decline ? 
Lov'ft thou his faints, and dar'ft fuppofe 

Thy Husband's friends are thine? 

Chap. II. The Believer's Jointure. 131 

Doft thou their talk and walk efteem, 

When mod divinely grave i 
And favour'ft beft when moft they feem 

Thy Husband's Sp'rit to have i 


Believers in Christ affect his counfel, word, ordinances, 
appearance, full enjoyment in heaven, and fw«et pre- 
fence here. 

W H ERE go'ft thou firft when in a ftrair, 

Or when with grief oppreft? 
Fleeft thou to him ? O happy gate I 

Thy Husband is thy reft. 

His counfel feek'ft thou ftill prepar'd. 

Nor canft without him live ? 
Wifdom to guide, and ftrength to guard, 

Thy Husband hath to give. 

Canft thou produce no pleafant pawn > 

Or token of his love ? 
Won't fignets, bracelets, from his hand, 

Thy Husband's kindnefs prove ? 

Mind'ft when he fent his healing word, 

Which darting from on high, 
Did light, and life, and joy afford ? 

Thy Husband then was nigh. 

Canft thou the promife fweet forget, 

He drop'd into thy heart ? 
Such glad'ning pow'r, and love with it, 

Thy Husband did impart. 

Doft thou affect his dwelling-place, 
And mak'ft it thy repair ; 

122 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

Becaufe thine eyes have feen, through grace, 
Thy Husband's glory there ? 

Doll love his great appearing day, 

And thereon mu<e with joy ; 
When duiky fhades will fly. away, 

Thy Husband death dtftroy ? 

Doft long to lee his glorious face 

Within the higher orb, 
Where humid for rows lofing plice, 

Thy Husband's rays abforb ? 

Long'fi to be free of ev'ry fauk, 

To bid all fin adieu ? 
And mount the hill, where ghd thou (halt 

Thy Husband's glory view ? 

Life where it lives, love where it loves, 

Will moft defire to be : 
Such love-fick longing plainly proves 

Thj Husband's love to thee. 

What is it beft can eafe thy plaint, 

Spread morning o'er thine ev'n ? 
Is his approach thy heart's content, 

Thy Husband's prefence heav'n ll 

And when deny'd this fweet relief, 

Canit thou afTert full well, 
His hiding is thy greateft grief, 

Thy Hu.- band's abfcnce hell ? 

Let thy experience be difclos'd j 

If conference anfwer Yea 
To all the queries have propos'd, 

Thy Husband's thine for ay. 

Pertain thefe characters to thee - ? 
Then, foul, begin and praife 

Cha«. IT. 9*J Believes Jointurt. I33 

His <p lor ions worthy name, for he 
Thy Husband 15 always. 

u l 1. v • 

~he true believer's humility, dependence, zz?l\ 7 gvov.t'i. 
admiration of free' grace, and knowledge of Christ's 

PERHAPS a faint may figh and fevj 

" I fear I'm yet to learn 
<; Thefe marks of marriage love." Yet (car, 

Thy Husband's bowels yearn. 

Though darknefs may the light ob!pure ; 

And ftonns fur mount thy calms, 
Day yield to night, and thou be poor. 

Thy Husband yet has alns. 

Dnft fee thyfelf an empty brat, 

A poor unworthy thing, 
With heart upon the duft hid flit f . 

Thy Hufband" there does reign. 

Art in thine owr. elieem a beutt, 

And doll thyfelf abhor ? 
The more thou haft of felf-diMafte, 

Thy Hnfband loves thee more. 

Can bell breed no fuch wickec? elf, 

As thou in thine own Ho-ht ? 
Thou'lt got, to fee thy filthy (err. 

Thy Hufband's pureit light. 

C :nft find no names fo black, fo vile, 
With which thou would'ft compare, 

But cali'fl thyfelf a lump of hell ? 
Thy Hufband calls thee fair. 

134 Gospel Sounets, Part II. 

When his kind vifits makes thee fee 

He's precious, thou art vile, 
Then mark the hand of God with thee, 

Thy Hufband gives a fmile. 

He knows what vifits fuit thy ftate, 

And though moll rare they be, 
It fets thee well on him to wait, 

Thy Hufband waits on thee. 

Doft fee thou art both poor and weak, 

And he both full and ftrong ? 
O dorr'c his kind delays miftake, 

Thy Hufband comes ere long. 

Though during Sinai's ftormy day, 

Thou drcad'ft the difmal blaft, 
And fears thou art a caff-away, 

Thy Kuiband comes at laft. 

The glorious Sun will rife apace, 

And fpread his healing wings, 
In fparkling pomp of fov'reign grace, 

Thy Hufband gladnefs brings. 

Canft thou, whatever fhoultf come of thee,, 

Yet wifh his Zion well, 
And joy in her profperity ? 

Thy Husband loves thy zeal. 

Doft thou admire his love to fome, 

Though thou fhouldft never (hare : 
Mercy te thee will alio come, 

Thy Husband hath to fpare. 

Poor foul I doft grieve for want of grace, 

And weep for want of love, 
And Jefus feek'ft ! O hopeful cafe ! 

Thy Husband lives above* 

Chap. II. The Believer's Jointure* l$f 

Regretting much thy falling (hort, 

Doft after more afpife I 
There's hope in Ifra'l for thy fort, 

Thy Husband's thy defire. 

Art thou well pleas'd that fov'reign grace, 

Through Chrift, exalted be ? 
This frame denotes no hopelefs cafe. 

Thy Husband's pleas'd with thee. 

Couldft love to be the footftool low, 

On which his throne might rife, 
Its pompous grace around to {how ? 

Thy Husband does thee prize. 

If but a glance of his fair face 

Can cheer thee more than wine ; 
Thou in his loving heart haft place, 

Thy Husband place in thine. 

Doft make his blood thy daily bath ? 

His word and oath thy ft ay ? 
His law of love thy lightfome path I 

Thy Husband is thy way. 

All things within earth's fpacious womb 

Doft count but lofs and dung, 
For one fweet word in feafon from 

Thy Husband's learned tongue I 

Skill to difcern and know his voice, 

From words a{ wit and art 
Will clearly prove thou art his choice, 

Thy Husband thine in heart. 

The pompous words that fops admire, 

May vagrant fancy feaft ; 
But with leraphic harmlefs fire 

Thy Husband'* burn the breaft 

136 Gospel Sonnets. Part IL 


True believers are willing to be tried and examined. 
Comforts arifing to them from Christ' s ready fupplv, 
real fympatky, and relieving names, failing their needs. 

DOST thou upon thy trait'rous heart 

Still keep a jealous eye ? 
Moft willing that thine inward part 

Thy Husband ftrictly try. 

The thieving croud will hate the light, 

Left ftol'n effects be fhown ; 
But truth defires what's wrong or right 

Thy Husband would make known. 

Doft then his trying word await, 

His fearching doctrine love? 
Fond, left thou err through felf deceit, 

Thy Husband would thee prove ? 

Does oft thy mind with inward fmare 

Bewail thy unbelief? 
And confcious fue from plagues of heart 

Thy Husband for relief? 

Why doubt'ft his love ? and yet, behold, 

With him thou would'ft not part 
For thoufand thouland earths of gold ; 

Thy Husband has thy heart. 

Though darknefs, deadnefs, unbelief, 

May ail thy foul attend ; 
Light, life, and faith's mature relief, 

Thy Husband has to fend. 

Of wants annoying, why complain ; 
Supply arifes hence •> 

Chap. II. The Believer's Jointure, 1^.7 

What gifts he has receiv'd for men * ? 
Thy Husband will difpenfe. 

He got them in's exalted (late. 

For rebels fuch as thou; 
All then that's needful good, or great. 

Thy Husband will allow. 

Thy wants lie fees, thy cries he hears j 

And, marking all thy moans, 
He in his bottle keeps thy tears, 

Thy Husband notes thy groans. 

All thine infirmities him touch, 

They ftrike his feeling heart I 
His kindly fympathy is iuch, 

Thy Husband finds the fmart„ 

Whatever touches thee affe&s 

The apple of his eye ; 
Whatever harms he therefore checks. 

Thy Husband's aid is nigh. 

If foes are fpar'd, thy need is fuch, 

He flays them but in part : 
He can do all, and will do much, 

Thy Hufband adts by art. 

He often for the faddeft hour ' ' 

Referves the fweeteft aid ; 
See how fuch banners heretofore 

Thy Husband has difplay'd. 

Mind where he vouched his good-will. 

Sometimes at Hermon f mount, 
In Jordan land, at Mizar hill ; 

Thy Husband keeps the count. 

At fundrjr times and divers ways, 
To fuit thy various frames, 

* PfaL fkviil 18. f Pftt xlii. 6. 

138 Gospel Sonnets. Tart II. 

Haft fern, like rifing golden ray?, 
Thy Husband's various names. 

Whcnguihy conference gbaftly ftar'd, 

The Lord thy righteoufnef? appear'd, 

Thy Husband in thy view. 

When in thy (traits or wants extreme, 

Help fail'd on ev'ry fide, 
Jehovah- jiREHf wa8 his na m«> 

Thy Husband did provide. 

When thy long abfent Lord didft moan, 

And to his courts repair ; 
Then was Jehovah-shammah J known, 

Thy Husband prefent there. 

When thy aflaul tin? foes appeared 

In robes of terror clad, 
Jehovah-nissi II then was rear'd, 

Thy Husband's banner fpread. 

When furies arnVd with fright'ning gu*!t, 

Dunn'd war without furceafe : 
Jehovah-shalomJ then was farr/d, 

Thy Husband lent thee peace. 

When thy difeafes death proclaim'd, 

And creature-balfams fail'd, 
Jehov a h ■ r o p h i H then was built s 

Thy Husband kindly heal'd. 

T!)us, as thy various needs require, 

in various modes like thefe, 
The help that fuits thy heart's defire, 

Thy Husband's name conveys. 

* Jer. sxiil 6. f Gen. xxli. 14. J Ezek. xlviii. 35. 
jExcd. xvii. 15. § Judg. vi. 24. ^ Exod. xv. 26. 

Chap. II. Tie Believer's Jointure. 139 

To th* little flock, as cafes vary, 

The great Jehovah (hews 
Himfelf a little (ancillary *, 

Thy Husband gives the views. 

SECT. Vlf. 

The believer's experience of Christ's comfortable pre* 
fence, or of former comforts to be improved for his en» 
couragement and fupport under darknefs and hidings. 

DOST mind the place, the fpot of land, 

Where Jefus did thee meet \ 
And how he got thy heart and hand \ 

Thy Husband then was fweet. 

Doft mind the garden, chamber, bank, 

A vale of vifion feem'd ? 
The joy was full, thy heart was frank, 

Thy Husband much efteem'd. 

Let thy experience fweet declare, 

If able to remind : 
A Bochim here, a Bethel there, 

Thy Husband made thee find. 

Was fuch a corner, fuch a place, 

A paradife to thee, 
A Peniel, where face to face 

Thy Husband fair didft fee ? 

There did he clear thy cloudy caufe, 

Thy doubts and fears deftxoy ; 
And on thy fpirit feal'd he was 

Thy Husband with great joy ? 

Couldft thou have faid it boldly then, 
And feal'd it with thy blood ? 

* Ezek. xi. 16. 

14© GosPEt SoNNtfi. JPart 

Yea, welcome death with pleafure, when 
Thy by thee flood ? 

That earth again fhould thee infnare, 

O how thy heart was pain'd ! 
For all its fading glory there 

Thy Husband's beauty ftain'd. 

The thoughts ©Hiving more in fin. 

Were then like hell to thee; 
The life of heav'n did thus begin, 

Thy Huiband let thee free. 

Whate'er thou foundft him at thy be ft, 

He's at thy worfl the fame ; 
And in his love will ever reft, 

Thy Hufl>and holds his claim. 

Let faith thefe vifits keep in ftore, 

Though fenfe the pleaihre mils; 
The God of Bethel, as before, 

Thy Husband always is. 

In meas'ring his approaches kind, 

And timing his defcents ; 
In free and fov'reign ways thou'lt find 

Thy Hufband thee prevents. 

pre fcribe not to him in thy heart, 

He's infinitely wife. 
Ji'jw oft he throws his loving dart, 

Thy Husband does fui prife. 

perhaps a-fudden gale thee bleft, 

While walking in thy road, 
Or on a journey, e'er thou wift, 

Thy Huiband look'd thee broad. 

Thus was the eunuch fam'd (his ft*»ge 
A riding on the way, 

Ch3p. II. The Bilhvct % s Jointure* l^x 

As he revolv'd the facred page *) 
Thy HufbancTs happy prey. 

In hearing, reading, linging, pray'r, 

When darknefs compafs'd thee, 
Thou foundft, or e'er thou wall aware, 

Thy Huiband'slight'ning free. 

Of heav'nly gales don't meanly think : 

For, though thy foul complains, 
They're but a fhort and palling blink j 

Thy Husband's love remains. 

Think not, though breezes hafte away. 

Thou doft his favour lole ; 
But learn to know his fov'reign way. 

Thy Husband comes and goes. 

Don't fay he's gone for ever, though 

His vifitt he adjourn ; 
For yet a little while, and Jo, 

Thy Husband will return. 

In worfhip focial, or retir'd, 

Doft thou his abience wail .* 
Wait at his (bore, and be not fear'd, 

Thy Husband's (hip's a-fail. 

Yea, though in duties lenfe may mil 

Thy foul's beloved One \ 
Yet do nut faint, for never is 

Thy Husband wholly gone. 

Though Satan, fin, earth, hell at once, 

Would thee of joy bereave : 
Mind what he laid, he won't renounce. 

Thy Husband will not leave. 

Though foes a flail, and friendihip fai! P 

Thcu haft a friend at court : 

* Acts via. 27 — 39. 
G a 

142 Gospel Sonnets, Part II* 

The gates of bell (hall ne'er prevail, 
Tiiy Husband is thy fort, 


Comfort to believers from the ftability of the promife, 
notwithstanding heavy chaftifements for fin. 

TAKE well howe'er kind wifdom may 

Difpofe thy pre fen t lot ; 
Tbo* heav'n and earth fhonld pafs away, 

Thy Husband's love will not. 

All needful help he will afford, 

Thou haft his vow and oath ; 
And once to violate his word 

Thy Husband will be loth. 

To fire and floods with thee he'll down, 

His promile this infures, 
Wbofe credit cannot burn nor drown : 

Thy Husband's truth endures. 

Dofl: thou no more his word believe, 

As mortal man's forfooth ? 
Odo not thus his Spirit grieve, 

Thy Husband is the Truth. 

Though thou both wicked art and weal:, 

His word he'll never rue ; 
Though heav'n and earth (hould blend atid break, 

Thy Husband will be true. 

I'll never leave thee*, is his vow ; 

If Truth has laid the word. 
While Truth is truth, this word istrue^ 

Thy Husband is the Lord. 

* Heb. xiii. 5c 

Chap. II. The Believer s Jointure. 143 

Thy covenant of duties may 

Prove daily moft unfure : 
His covenant of grace for ay 

Thy Husband does fecure. 

Doft thou to him thy promife break, 

And fear he break to thee \ 
Nay, not thy thoufand crimes can make 

Thy Husband once to lie. 

He vifit will thy fins with ftrokes, 

And lift his heavy hand ; 
But never once his word revokes, 

Thy Husband's truth will ftand. 

Then dream not he is chang'd in love, 

When thou art chang'd in frame ; 
Thou mayft by turns unnumber'd move, 

Thy Husband's ay the fame. 

He for thy follies may thee bind 

With cords of great diftrefs ; 
To make chee moan thy fins, and mind 

Thy Husband's holinefs. 

By wounds he makes thee feek his cure, 

By frowns his favour prize ; 
By falls affrighting, (land more fure, 

Thy Husband is fo wife. 

Proud Peter in the dirt of vice 

Fell down exceeding low ; 
His tow'ring pride, by tumbling thrice, 

Thy Husband cured fo. 

Before he fuffer pride that fwell*, 

He'll drag thee through the mire 
Of fins, temptations, little hells ; 

Thy Husband faves by fire* 

t44 GosPEt Sonnets. Part II. 

He in affliction's mortar may- 
Squeeze out old Adam's juice, 

Till thou return to him, and fay^ 
Thy Hulband is thy choice. 

Fierce billows may thy veflel tofs, 

And crofTes curies Teem ; 
But that the curie has fled the crofs, 

Thy Hulband bids thee deem. 

Conclude not he in wrath difown?, 

When trouble thee furrounds; 
Thefe are his favourable frowns, 

Thy Husband's healing wounds. 

Yea, when he gives the deeped laftj, 

Love leads the wounding hand : 
His ftroke, when fin has got a daft, 

Thy Hulband will remand. 



Comfort to believers, in Christ's relations, iu his dy- 
ing love, his glory in heaven, to which he will lead 
them through death, and fupply with all necefTaries by, 
tke way. 

BEHOLD the patrimony broad 

That falls to thee by line ; 
In him thou art an heir otGud, 

Thy Hulband's Father's thine. 

He is of relatives a (lore, 

Thy Friend will help in thrall : 
Thy Brother much, thy Father more. 

Thy Hulband moft of all. 

All thefe he does amafs and Ihare^ 
In ways that moft excel : 

Chap. II. The Believer's jdntur j 45 

'Mong all the husbands ever were. 
Thy Hufband bears the^bell. 

Whence run the ftreams of ail thy good, 

But from his pierced fide ; 
With liquid gold of precious blood 

Thy Hufband bought his bride; 

His blood abundant value bore, 

To make his purchafe broad, 
; Twas fair divinity in gore, 

Tny Hufband is thy God. 

Who pnrcha^d at the higheft price, 

Be crown'd with higheft oraife; 
For in the higheft paradife 

Thy Hufband wears the bays. 

He is of Heav n the comely rofe, 

His beauty makes it fair ; 
Heav'n were but hell, couldft thou fuppofa 

Thy Hufband were not there. 

He thither did in pomp afcend, 

His ipoufe along to bring: 
That Hallelujahs without end, 
/ Thy Hulband's bride may fing. 

Ev'n there wirh hitp for ever fix'd 
- His glory (halt thou fee ; 
And nought but death is now betwixt 
Thy Hufband's thrcne and thee. 

:Ie'll order death that porter rude, 

To ope the gates of brafs; 
For, lo ! wnth characters of blood 

Thy Hufband wrote thy pafs. 

At Jordan deep then be not fcar'd, 
Though difmal like and broad 3 

1 46 Gospel Sonnets. Part II. 

Thy fun will guide, thy (hield will guard, 
Thy Husband pav'd the road. 

He'll lead thee fafe, and bring thee home, 

And ftill let bleffings fall 
Of grace while here, till glory come ; 

Thy Husband's bound for all. 

His ftore can anfwer ev'ry bill, 

Thy food and raiment's bought ; 
Be at his will, thou'lt have thy fill, 

Thy Husband wants for nought. 

What can thy foul conceive it lacks ? 

His ftore, his pow'r is thine ; 
His lib'ral heart to lib'ral acts, 

Thy Husband does incline. 

Though on thy hand, that has no might, 

He fhould thy tafk enlarge ; 
Nor work nor warfare needs thee fright, 

Thy Husband bears the charge. 

Thou wouldft, if left, thyfelf undo,. 

So apt to fall and ftray ; 
But he uplifts and leads thee too : 

Thy Hufband knows the way. 


Comfort to believers from the text, Thy Maker is thy 
Husband, inverted thus, Thy Husband is thy Maker; 
and the conclufion of this fubject. 

O F light and life, of grace and glore, 

In Chrift thow art partaker ; 
Rejoice in him for evermore, 

Thy Hufband is thy M*ke,r. 

He made thee, yea, made thee his bride, 
Nor heeds thine ugly patch' j 

Chap. II. The Believer's Jointure. 1 47 

To what he made he'll ftill abide, 
Thy Hufband made the match. 

He made all ; yea, he made all thine 

All to thee fhall be giv'n. 
Who can thy kingdom undermine ; 

Thy Hufband made the heav'n. 

What earthly thing can thee annoy ? 

He made the earth to be ; 
The waters cannot thee deftroy, 

Thy Hufband made the fca. 

Don't fear the flaming element 

Thee hurt with burning ire; 
Or that the fcorching heat torment : 

Thy Hufband made the fire. 

Infections fleams (hall ne'er deftroy, 

While he is pleas'd to fpare ; 
Thou fhalt thy vital breath enjoy. 

Thy Hufband made the air. 

The fun that guides the golden day, 

The moon that rules the night, 
The ftarry frame, the milky way, 

Thy Hufband made for light. 

The bird that wings its airy path, 

The fifh that cuts the flood, 
The creeping croud that fwarms beneath 

Thy Hufband made for good. 

The grazing herd, the beafh of prey, 

The creatures great and fmall, 
For-thy behoof their tribute pay, 

Thy Hufband made them all. 

Thine's Paul, Apollos, life, and death, 
Things prefent, things to be; 

148 Gospel Sonnstl Part IL 

And ev'ry thing that being hath, 
Thy Hufband made for thee. 

In Tophet of the damn'd's fefort 

Thy ^(oul fhall never dwell, 
Nor neeo\ from thence imagine hurt, 

Thy Hu\^and formed hell. 

Satan, with irrftruments of his, 

May rage, yet dread no evil ; 
So far as he a cresiiipe is, 

Thy Husband made the devil. 

His black temptations may afflict, 

His fiery darts annoy ; 
But all his work?, and hellifh trick, 

Thy Husband will deftroy. 

Let armies ftrotfg of earthly gods, 

Combine with hellifh ghoit*, 
Tbey live, or languifh, at his nods; 

Thy Husband's Lord of hofts. 

What can thee hurt f whom doft thou fear ? 

All things are at his call. 
Thy Maker is thy Husband dear, 

Thy Husband all in all. 

What doft thou feek ? what deft thou want ? 

He'll thy deilres fulfil ? 
He gave himfelf, wkat won't he grant f 

Thy Husband's at thy will. 

The more thou doft of him defire, 

The more he loves to give : 
High let thy mounting aims afpire, 

Thy Husband gives thee leave. 

The lefs thou feek'ft, the lefs thou defe 
His bounty fet on high ; 

Cfoap. XI. Ttd -r j Jointure, 149 

But higbeft Jcektis ^tie do moil 
Thy Husband glorify. 

Wouldft thou have grace ? Wei! ; but 'tis meet 

He mould more glory gain. 
Wouldft thou have F.ither, Son, and Sp'rit ? 

Thy Husband fays, Amen. 

He'll kindly a<9 the lib ? rai God, 

Divifing lib'ral things ; 
With royal gifts hi^ fubjecls load ; 

Thy Husband's King of kings. 

No earthly monarchs have fuch (lore 

As thou haft ev'n in hand ; 
Bui, O how infinitely more 

Thy Husband gives on band ? 

Thou haft indeed the better part, 

The part will fail thee never ; 
Thy HumandV: hand, thy Husband's heart, 

Thy Husband's all for ever, 

Tfc Enmj of the Pocm upon Ifa. iiv. 5, 



The Believer's Riddle; or, 
The Myftery of Faith. 


Shewing the Ufe and Defign of the Riddle. 

READER, the f bU'wing enigmatic fong, 
Does not to wifeft nat'ralifts belong : 
Their wifdom is^but folly on this head ; 
They here may ruminate, but cannot read. 
For though they glance the words, the meaning 
They read the lines, but not the paradox, [chokes, 
The fubjecl will, how e'er the phrafe be blunt, 
Their moft accute intelligence furmount, 
If with the nat'ral and acquired fight 
They fhare not divine evangelic light. [brains, 
Great wits may roufe their fancies, rack their 
And after all their labour lofe their pains; 
Their wifeft comments were but witlefs chat. 
Unapt to frame an explication pat. 
No unregen'rate mortal's beil engines 
Can right unriddle thefe few nigged lines; 


The Believer's Riddle. 


Nor any proper notions thereof reach, 
Though fublimated to the higheft ftretch. 
Matters of reafon, plodding men of fenfe, 
Who fcorn to mortify their vain pretence, 
In this myfterious deep might plod their fill ; 
It overtops ihe top of all their (kill. 
The more they vainly huff, and fcorn to read, 
The more it does their foolifh wit exceed. 
Thofe tinners that are fanclified in part, 
May read this riddle truly in their heart. 
Yea, weakeft faints may feel its trueft fenfe, 
Both in their fad and fweet experience. 
Don't overlook it with a rambling view, 
And rafli fuppofe it neither good nor true. 
Let Heaven's pure oracles the truth decide ; 
Renounce it, if it can't that teft abide. 
Noble Bereans foon the fenfe may hit, 
Who found the divine depth of facred writ, 
Not by wirat airy carnal reafon faith, 
But hy the golden line of heaven-fpun faith. 

Let not the naughty phrafe make you difprove 
The weighty matter which deferves your love. 
H'gh drains would fpoil the riddle's grand intent, 
To teach the weakeft, mod ilht'rate faint, 
That Mahanaim is his proper name ; 
In whom two ftruggiing hofts make bloody game. 
That fuch may know, wkofe knowledge is but rude, 
How good confifts with ill, and ill with good. 
That faints be neither at their word nor beft, 
Too much exalted, or too much depreft. 

This paradox is fitted to difclofe 
The (kill of Zion's friends above her foes; 
To difference by that light Heav'n tranfmits, 
Some happy fools from miferable wits. 
And thus ( if blefs'd ) it may in fome degree 
Make fools their wit, and wits their folly fee. 

152 Gospel Sonnets. Part HI. 

Slight not the riddle then like jargon vile, 
Bteaufe not garnifh'd with a pompous ftile, 
Could th' author atSt the lofty poet's part, 
Who make their ionnets (bar on wings of art, 
He on this theme had biufh'd to ufe his (kill, 
And either dipt his wings, or broke his quill. 

Why, this enigma climbs fuch divine heights 
As (corn to be adorn'd with human flights. 
Thefe gaudy ftrains would lovely truth difgrace, 
As purefl: paint deforms a comely face. 
Heav'n's myfteries are 'hove art's ornament, 
Immenfely brighter than its brighteft paint. 
No tow'ring lit'rature could e'er outwit 
The plainelt diftion fetch'd from facred writ 5 
By which mere blaring rhet'ric is outdone, 
As twinkling ftars are by the radiant fun. 
The ibaring orators, who can with eafe 
Strain the quinteflence of hyperboles, 
And clothe the bareft theme with pureft drefs, 
Might here expatiate much, yet lay the lefs, 
If with th' majeftic (implicity 
Of fcripiure orat'ry they difagree. 

Thefe lines pretend not to affect the fky, 
Content among inglorious (hades to lie, 
Provided facred truth be fitly clad, 
Or glorious (hine cv'n through the dirfky {hade. 
Mark then though you (hould mifs the gilded iirain, 
If they a (lore of golden truth contain : 
Nor under rate a jewel rare and prime, 
Though wrapt up in the rags of homely rhime. 

Though haughty Deifts hardly flop to fay, 
That nature's n'rght has need of fcripture-day : 
Yet gofpel-lighx alone will clearly Ihew 
How ev'ry lentence here is juft and true, 
Expel the (hades that may the mind involve, 
And loon the feeming contradiction folve. 

Preface. The Believes Riddh. i$$ 

All fatal errors in the world proceed 
From want oflkill fucb myfteries to read. 
Vain men the double branch of truth divide. 
Hold by the one, and flight the other fide. 

Hence proud Armenians cannot reconcile 
Freedom of grace with freedom of the will* 
The blinded Papift won't difeern nor fee 
How works are good unlefs they juftify. 
Thus Legalifts dittinguifh not the odds 
Between their home-bred righteoufnefs and God's, 
Antinomifts the faints perfection plead, 
Nor duly fever 'tween them and their head. 
Socinians won't thefe feeming odds agree, 
How heav'n is bought, and yet falvation free. 
Bold Arians hate to reconcile or fcan. 
How Chrift is truly God and truly man r 
Holding the one part of Imrnanuei's name, 
The other part outrageoufly blafpheme. 
The found in faith no part of truth conrroul 5 
Heretics own the half, but not the whole. 

Keep then the facred myftVy 11:11 entire ; 
To both the fides of truth do favour bear, 
Not quitting one to hold the other branch ; 
But palling judgment on an equal bench ; 
The riddle has two feet, and were but one 
Cut off, truth failing to the ground were gone- 
'Tis all a contradiction, yet all true, 
And happy truth, if verify'd in you. 
Go forward then to read the lines, bin flay 
To read the riddle alio by the way. 

i$4 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 



The myftery o£ the faints pedigree, and efpecially of 
their relation to Christ's wonderful perfon. 

MY life's a maze of feeming traps a f 
A (bene of mercies and mifhaps b ; 
A heap of jarring to-and-froesc, 
' A field of joys, a flood of woes*/. 

I'm in mine own and others eyes, 
A labyrinth of myfteries*. 

a Jolh. xxii. 13. And Jofhua faid, Know for a certain- 
ty, that the Lord your God will no more drive out any 
of thefe nations from before you; but they mall be fnares 
and traps unto you, and fcourges in your fides, and thorns 
in your eyes, &c. Pfal. exxiv. 7. Our foul is efcaped as 
a bird out of the fnare of the fowler; the fnare is brok- 
en, and we are efcaped. 

b Or mifsries. Lam. iii. 1 9. Remembering mine af- 
fliction and my mifery, the wormwood and the gall. 
if. 22. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not con- 
fumed, becaufe his companions fail not. Pfal. ci. 1. I 
will fmg of mercy and judgment : unto thee, O Lord, 
will I fins. 


c Pfal. cii. 10. Thou hail lifted me up and cad me 
down. Pfal. cix. 23. I am toffed up and down as the lo- 

d Hab iii. 17, 18. Although the fig-tree tall not blof- 
fom, neither fnall fruit be in the vines, the labour of the 
olive mall fail, and the fields fhall yield no meat, the 
flocks fliall be cut off from the fold, and there fhall be 
no herd in the Halls; yet will I rejoice in the Lord, I 
will joy in the God of mv falvation. 

e I a. viii. 18. Behold I and the children whom the 
Lord hath given me, are f )v ligns and for wonders in If- 
rael ; from the Lord of holts, which dwelleth in mount 
Zion. Z: j ch. iii. 8. Hear now, O Joihua the high prielr, 
thou and thy felbws that fit before thee: for they are 

Seel. I. 7 he Believer's Rid&le. 155 

I'm fomething that from nothing came/, 
Yet fure it is, I nothing am^. 

Ohcc I was dead, and blind, and lame h 9 
Yea, I continue ftill the fame i ; 
Yet what I was, I am no more k } 
Nor ever fhall be as before /. 

men wondered at, &c. Pfal. lxxi. 7. I am as a wonder 
Unto many, but thou art my ftrong refuge. 

f Gen. i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven 
and the earth. Heb. xi. 3. Through faith we underitand 
that the worlds were framed by the word of God, fo that 
things which are feen were not made of things which do 

g Ifa. xl. 17. All nations before him are as nothing, 
and they are accounted to him lets than nothing, and va- 
nity. Dan. iv. 35. All the inhabitants of the earth are 
reputed as nothing. 

h Eph. ii. 1. And you hath he quickened, who were 
dead in trefpafTes and fins. Rev. Hi. 17. Becaufe thou 
fayeft, I am rich, and increafed in goods, and have need 
of nothing; and knoweft not that thou art wretched, and 
miferable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Ifa. xxxv. 
6. Then fhall the lame man leap as an hart, and the 
tongue of the dumb fing; for in the v/ildernefs fhall 
waters break out, and ftreams in the defert. 

i Rom. vii. 14. For we know that the lav/ is fpiritual: 
but I am carnal, fold under fin. v. 24. O wretched man 
that I am, who fhall deliver me from the body cf this 
death > 

k Rom. vii. 17. Now then, it is no more I that do it, 
but lin that dwelleth in rae. v. 20. Now, if I do that 
I would not, it is no more I that do it, but fin that dwel- 
leth in me. John ix. 25. He [the blind man] anfwered 
and faid, Whether he be a finner, or no, I know not ; 
One thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I fee. 
/ Rom. xi. 29. For the gifts and calling of God are 
without repentance. Jer. xxxii. 40. And I will make an 
everlading covenant with them, that I will not turn a- 
way from them, to do them good ; but I will put my fe:.r 
in their hearts, that they fha'l not depart from me. 

1 56 G ou'el Son n e t s. Parr. I)f . 

My Father lives ?;/, my father's gone ;;> 
My vital head both loft and won 0. 
My parents cruel are and kind p, 
Of one, and of a diff'rent mind q t 

My father poifon'd me to death r, 
My mother's hand will (lop my breath/; 
Her womb, that once my fubftance gave : 
Will very quickly be my grave /. 

M Ifa. ix. 6- His name fhall be called — The everlast- 
ing Father. Rev. i. 1 8. 1 am he that liveth, and was dead ; 
and behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen. 

n HzC. xiv. 3. In thee the fatherlefs fmdeth me rev- 
Zech. i. 5. Your fathers, where are they ? and the pro- 
phets, do they live for ever? 

1 Cor. xv. 45. It is written, The firft man Adam 
was made a living foul, the la.r. Adam- was made a quick- 
ening fpirit. 

p Pfal. ciii. 13. Like as a father pitieth his children; 
fo the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Ifa. xliii. 27. 
Thy firft father hath finned, and thy teachers have tranf- 
grefTed again Cc me. 

q Job xxiii. 13. But he is in one mind, and who can 
turn him? and what his foul defireth, even that he doth. 
Rom. viii. 5. For they that are after the $efii, do miad 
the things of the fie Hi ; but they that are after the Spirit, 
the things of the Spirit, v. 7. Becaufe the carnal mini 
is enmity againft God: for it is not fubjeft to the law 
of God, neither indeed can be. 

r Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man (in entered 
into the world, and death by fin; and iO death palled up- 
on all men, for that all have finned. 

f G?n. iii. 16. Unto the woman he fald, I will greatly 
multiply thy forrow, and thy conception : in forrow than 
malt bring forth children, &c 

s Pfal. cxlvi- 4. His breath poeth forth, he returneth 
to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perilli. Eccl. 
iii. 2D. All go unto one place, all are of the dull, and all 
turn to duft an;ain. 

•!. I. The Believer's Kiiite. 157 

My Gllers ail my fiefii will eat f, 

• brethren tread me under fe^i u\ 
My neaYeft friends arc mu!l unk'ukl r, 
Mvoreateft foe's mv gi*eateft friend iu, 

JTe • I from feud to friend (hip pafs, 

Y' j t never ch inge from what he was ,r. 
lie is my Father he alone, 
Whojs my Father's only Son y* 

^ - * 

f Job xvil. 14. I have faid to eograpjtion, 0" • 
I it uerj to the v/orm. TIiou b lother, andj : 

tp, xi ' 2 ; . And th r my J!-:i:i. \yorn 

deftroy this bodyj yet in my flefti #12 j ee G^ 

v. E ;,0, T ' , - pallor": 

ived:- ed in .rd, r ;a my p< r 

t ion • '. 1 . roa ta rit| pc 

ite *a c!:. 3 -v"--. eth it a ihiai] 

:n£ unto you$ I 1 tye ei 1 £ji€ good pasture, bi 

ye imift gread i 1 with your £?et . . of you- 

paftures' and t e druuk ojf tke deep waters, but j 

ill ibul I fidue - r ith your 

v P(a|» !v. 12, 1". For i L not enemy t" . re 

pcoathtfd cne«, j ten I ha; -» ;i- : neither ira 

12 ■ '. ' / birn eli' againfj rr.e. 
en I v hid niyjelf fronj I''m. F-ut it wj 

an, a 'o,ua^ pi - a»4«^ine sc(jua« 

ance. 1 >. Tn; j in a friend, pit ; 

not con j : Iceeo. tie dooi*"; of thy mo - .. 

{.-< -. Fc .* foy di ■>.o:ionr- 

htenr>i • 'tp ar.r.': .■ : the mp- 
vl hsr ra >tber i 

7- -. r i. 1 :ed,(r\ ' 

2 • v. *?. God was in Ch 5 . ■ - t\. * ' 

■ ! '. *g£ net ; 

- of Jacob are ■• L Hof. v : 

sal t'ieir back Aiding, { will lovi 
;er i~ turned awa^ from him. 


y John xx. 17. Jefus faith unto he:- " ], Touch 


1 53 Gospel Sonnets. Part I! ! 

I am his mother's i\m z 7 yet more, 
A ion tits mother a never bore, 
£ut born ot him b, and yet aver 
His Father's ions my mother's were c. 

1 am divore'd, yet marry'd itil! d, 
With full content agaiuft my will?. 
My hufband prefeni is/", yet gone^, 
V/e differ much, yet itill are one, b. 

ine not: fori am net afcended unto mv Father: but «o 
to my brethren, and fay unto them, I afcend unto my 
Father and your Father, and to mv God and vour Gcd, 
I! a. ix. 6. Unto us a Son is give:; — : and his name mail 
be called — The everiaiiiug Fa:her. John i. 14. And the 
Word was made fie To, and dwelt among us (and we b&- 
held his Rlorv' the glory as of the onlv begotten of the 
Father) full of grace and truth. 

z Song lii. 4'. It was but a little that I paT-d from 
them r but I found him whom my foul lo v eth: I held 
him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him 
into my mother's houfe, and into the chambers of her 
that conceived me. v. 11. Go forth, O ye daughters of 
Zion, and behold hing Salomon with the crown where- 
with his mother crowned him in t'ee day of his cfpoufals,- 
and in the day of the gladaei's of his heart. 
a viz. His natural mother according to the flejb. 
b John i. 13. Vv r hich were barn not of blood, nor of 
the will of the flefti, nor of the will of man,- but of God. 
c Gal. iv. 26. But Jerusalem which is above, is free. 
which is the mother of us all. 

d Rom vii. 4. \\ 'he re fore my brethren, ye alfo are be- 
come dead to the law by the body of Chrift; and that 
ye fhould be married to another, even to him who \\ 
raifed from the dead. 

e Pfal. ex. 3. Thy people fha.ll be willing in the day of 
thy power. 

/ P.latth. xxvnii 20-. Lo, I am with you alway. even- 
unto the end of the world. 
- g John xiv. 2. I go to prepare a place for you. 

h John xvii. 21. That they all may be, as thou, 
Father, art la me, and I in th^e ; that they alfo may be 
one in us. 

SeA. I. The Bs'ijvjr's Riddle. *59 

He \i the firft, the laft, the all 1, 

Yet number'd up with in'.ccrs imail<£. 
The firfl: oi all things /, yet alone 
The fecond of the great Three-one m. 

A creature never could he be, 
Yet is a creature ftrange I fee n -, 
And own this uncreated one, 
The fori of man, yet no man's fon o. 

t Rev. [. ii. I am Alpha and Omega, the firfl and the 
lad — Col. iii. 1 1. Chrift is all and in all 

k Pfal. xxii. 6- But I am a worm, and no man. 
/ Col. i. 15, 16. Who is the image of the invifible God, 
the full-born of every creature : for by him were all 
things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, 
vifible and invifible, whether they be throne;, or do- 
minions, or principalities, or powers : all things were 
created by him, and for him. 

m 1 John v. 7. For there are three that bear record in 
heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghoft. : 
and the lb three are one. Matth. x::v:::. 19. Go ye there- 
fore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name 
of the Father, and of the Sin, and o{ the Holy Ghoft. 

;; John i. 2, 3. In the beginning was the Word, and the 
Word was with God, and the Word was God. The fame 
as in the beginning with God. All things were made 
by him; and without him was not anything made that 
was made. v. 14. \nd the Word was made fie Hi, and 
dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of 
the only Jjegotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. 
L 23. Behold a virgiri mall be with child, 

and {hall bring forth a ion, and they mall call hi; name 
Emmanuel- which, being interpreted is, God with us. 
* i- 0'\f 35- Then faid Mary unto the angel, How 
be, feeing I know not a man? And the angel 
anfwered and faid unto her, The Holy Ghoft mall come 
on thee, and the power of the Highest ihali overba- 
de ee ; therefore alfo that holy thing which mall be 
. , fhall be called the Son of God. 

160 Gospel Sonnets. Part 1 1 

Li-'i ornriiprefent all may know/; ; 

t J 


5fei never could be wholly fo^. 
Kis manhood is not here and there r, 
Yet he Is God- man e/'ry where/. 

He comes and goes, none can him trace i ; 
Yet never could he change his place /. 
But t(jOiigi) he's good u f and evVy where, 
No gold's in he]!, yet he u there v. 

I by hina <u;, in him x chofen was^, 

Yet of the choice he's Hot the caule z : 

P Pfal.' fcicsxlx. 7, 8, 9, io. Whither fliall I go from 
tiiy Spirit ? or, thither (hall I flee from thy pretence? If 
I afcend'up into heaven, thou art there : if I make my 
bed in hell, heboid, thou art there. If I take the wings 
oi the morning, and dwell in the uttermoft parts of the 
fea: even there (hall thy hand bad me, and thy rig 
hand fhall hold roe. . 

q Luke xxiv. 6. He ii not here, hut is rlfen. 

r John xvi. i6\ A little while, and ye frail not fee me : 
and again, a little while, and ye fhall fee me, - I 

go to the Father*. 

/Matth. i. 23. See letter 0. Chap, xxviii. 2:. Lo, I 
am with you aiwav, even unto the end 0/ the world. 

s John hi. 8. The wind hloweth where it h 
thou heareft the found thereof, hut c. nit < 3 

it cometh, and whither it goeth; .0 is etexy one ...... U 

born of the Spirit. 

2 I r a. h:vi. 1. Thus r aith the Lord, The heave:: is my 
throne, and the earth k my foottfcool ; where is the hou'c 
that ye built unto me? and where is the place of my reft 2 

u Plalni c 5. The Lord is good j bis mercy 1, evej 

v pfalm exxxix. 8. If I make my bed in hell, behold, 
thou art there. 

w As God. x As Me Uator. 

7 Eph. i. 4. According as he hath chofen us in hh'\ 
before the foundation of the world, that we fnould be 
holv, and without blame before him in lov 

Z But bimfelf the Pather'ffirft tlUi. I r a. xln.-i. Y 

ft. I. The iver\ Riddle. 161 

For fov'reign mercy ne'er was bouoht a % 
Yet through his blood a vent it fought b. 

In him concenter'd ar his death 
His Father's love c, his Father's wrath ^/; 
E/en lie whom palfion never ieiz'd <?, 
Was then mull: angry, when molt pleas'd/* 

hold my fervaat, whom I uphold ; mine elect, in whom 
my foul delighteth. — Matih. kii. 18. Behold my fervant, 
whom I have choieo, my beloved, in whom my foul ii 
well pleafed. 

a John iii. 16. God fo loved the world, that he gave 
his only begotten Son, Sec. Mom. ix. ii. For the chil- 
.11 being not yet born, neither having done any good 
or evil, that the puxpoie of God according to election 
might it and, not of works, but of hitb that calleth. v. 13. 
It is written, Jacob have I loved, but Efao have I hated. 
•y, 15. God faith to Moles, I will have mercy on whom I 
will have mercy, and I will have companion on. whom I 
will have corap allien. 

b Rom iii. 24, 25. Being juflifisd freely by his grace, 

through the redemption that i> in Jems Chriit: whom 

God hath let forth to be a propitiation, thro' faith in his 

jod, to declare his ri hta a.nefs for the remihion of 

ks, &c. Chap- v. 9. Being j. d by his blood, we 

be faved from wrath through him. v. 21. That as 

fin hath reigned unto death, even fo might grace reign 

through rights ouihefs unto eternal life by Jefus Chriit 

our Lord. x 

c John x. 17. Therefore doth my Father love me, be- 
caufe I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 

d Ifa. Iii. 10. Yet it pleafed the Lord to bra. ; he 

hath put him to grief. 

e Ifa. xxvii. 4. Fury is not in me. 

f Rom. viii. 23. He fpared not his own Son, but deli- 
vered him up for us all. Eph. v. 2. Chriit hath given 
him r elf for us, an ottering and a facrifice to G:»d for a 

fweet-i'meliiiig favour. 


i62 Gospel Sonnets. Part \[\, 

Tuft ice rcquir'd that he fhotild die^, 
Who yet was fldiu unrighteoufly b ; 

And dy'd in mercy and in wrath,, 
A lawful and a lawlefs death /. 

With him I neither liv'd nor dy\) 9 
And vet with him was crucifv'd k. 
Law curfes ftopt his breath, that he 
Might flop its mouth from curling me A 

■ 'Tis now a thoufanci years and tape 
Since heav'n received him ; yet i kuo.v, 
When he zfcc:\dcd noon high 
To mourn; the throne, ev n fo did I ///. 

g Heb. vii. 32. By fo much was Jefus made a furety of 
a better tefcament. Chap. i.x. 16. For where a teftaroent 
is, there muit'alfo of neeeihty be the death of the teJ- 
tator. i*. 22, 23. And alraoft all things are by the law 
purged- withblood ; and without (bedding; of blood is no 
remiiilon. It was therefore neceiiary that the patterns 
of things in the heavens fhould be purified with theTe : 
but the heavenly tbingi themfelres.with better fecrific 
than thefe. 

h Malta. ^.Kvii. 4- I [Juda*>] have finned, in that I 
have betrayed the innocent blood- v. 23. And the Go- 
vernor faldj Why, what evil hath he dene? But they 
cried out the more, faying. Let him be criidified. 

i Acts ii. 23. Jefus of jtfazaretb, being delivered 
the determinate c minted and ioieknov. ledge of God, ye 
have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and 
Chap. iv. 27- For of a truth againft thy holy child Je u 
whom thou haft anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilat 
with the Gentiles, and the people of Ihaei were ga&&iv 
ea together, Sec. 

k Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified with Chvifi-. 

/ Gal. iii. 13. Chrilt hath redeemed us from the Cn 
of the law, being made a curie for us : for ii io written, 
Curbed is every one that hangeth on a tree. 

m Col. iii. 1. If ye then be rifen with Chrift, Zzc Ileb. 
vi. 2j. Whither the forerunner is for u: entered, ev 
Jefus, Sec. 

I ■:. I. the BsUevsr 9 * u u ■ 

Hence though eanh's dunghill I embrace, 
1 fit with him in beav'nly place », 
In divers diflant orbs 1 move, 
InthralI'd below, imhron'd above, 


e nr oC the aiat's life, date, as 

MY li a pleafurt c ^rci a pain b \ 
A real I Is, a real . c ; 
A glorious paradhe uijoys </, 
A gi . tloii of annoys . , 

n Eph. ii. 5, 6. Even when we were dead in fin*, ha . 
quickened as together with Chritf, arid hath raifed'usnp 
together, and made us fit together in heavenly places in 

a Prov. iii. 17. Ker ways are ways of pleafantnefs, and 
her paths *re peace. 

b Pfai. cxx. 7. Wo is me, that I frjourn in Me cch, 
that I dwell ia the tents of K-:dar. 

c Phil. iii. '. Bat what things were fain to me, thole 
I counted lofs ior C.ivrLT. Chap i. 2\ — z\. For to me to 
live is Chi i:t, and to die is gain- But if I live in the 
flefij, •'• Is is the fruit of my labour: yet what 1 fball 
>fe 1 wot not, fori am in a (trait betwixt two, hav- 
ing a denre to depart, and to be with Chrifr, which i> 
far better: nevertheless, to abide in the fielb is more 
needful for you. 

d 1 Pet. i. 8. V/hom having not feen ye love ; in whom 
thoagh now ye fee him hot, yet believing, ye 
with jov unspeakable, and full of glory. 

c Pial. cxlii. 7- Brin!; nr/foul out of nrifon, that I ta 

* w 


Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

I daily joy, and daily mourn /J 
Yet daily vvair the tides return g : 
Then forrow deep my fpirit chcars, 

Tin joyful in a flood of tears /;. 

/ 1 Pet. i. 6. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now i 
for a feafon, (if need be) ye are in heavinefs, through 
manifold temptations* 2 Cor. i. 4. Who comforteth us , 
in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort 
them which are in any trouble, by the comfort therewith 
ourfelves are comforted of God. Job xxx. 28. I went 
mourning without the fan, £.c. 

g Ifa. viii. 1 7. And I w iii wait upon the Lord that hid- 
eth his face from the houfe of Jacob, and I will look for 

b Zcch. xii. jo. And I will oour upon the houfe of Da- 
vid, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the fpirit oi 
grace and of amplications, and they mall look upon me 
whom they have pierced, and they 'hail mourn for him, 
as one mourneth for an only ft>n and mall be in bltter- 
nefs for him, as one that is in bicterneis for his rirfl-born. 
Kiel;. xxxvi. 31, $2. Then (hall ;«e remember your own 
evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and mall 
loth'e vourfelves in your cwn fight, for vour iniquities, 
and for your abominations. Not for your fake-, do I 
this, faith the Lord God, be it known unto }ou: be a- 
.amed and confounded for your own ways, O hou'e of 
li'rael. Ho£ xii. 3. 4. He [Jacob] took his brother by 
the heel in the womb, and bvhis ftrenzth he had power 
with God: yea, he had power over the Angel, and pre- 
vailed: he wept and made fupplication unto him: he 
found him in Bethel, and there he fpake with us. Luhc 
vii. 38. And [a woman which was a {inner] flood at his 
feet behind him weeping;, and began to v. am his ic_: 
with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her beach 
and killed his feet, and anointed them with the oi: 
John xx. 15, iq- j cm s iaith unto her, Woman, why weep- 
eft thou? whom feeke^l thou? fee fuppofing him to be 
gardener, faith unto hiin, Si..-, if thou have borne him 
hence, tell me where thou haft laid him, and I will take 
him away. Jefus faith unto her, Mafy, She turned herfelf, 
and faith unto him, Rabboni,* which is to fay, Mailer. 

. II. Tic /'. rr'j RUdU. 165 

Good 1 ! Kill re be fad :, 

G iys to be glad £. 

Hence lliii my joys with furrows mtet ( % 
And 11 y tea i re bitter fweft a»« 

I'm crulVJ, and yet have aii my w ill a ; 
I'm always empty, always foil 0. 
I hunger now, ar.d ihirft r;u more p } 
Yef 1 .1 .. v eag« el .7. 

v. 20. Then were bed .'. la dad when thevfaw tin 

/ Rom. vil. 24. O wret died man that I ana who fhalj 
deli\ j jay of this death? 

2 Cor. :i. ;.;. Thanks ho Cod, who always cauf- 
cth as to t nph in Cnrii:. 

/ 2 Cor. vi. 2C — as forrowful, yet always rejoicing. 

m Zech. :•:::. 10. See letter b. Plal- exxvi 5. They 
that fow in tears, ihall reap in jo;.. I5a- lxi. 2, 3- The 
Lord hath lent me to - omfort all that mourns to appoint 
uxito them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty 
for afne., the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of 
prai.'e, for the fpirit of heavinefs. Zee Matth. v. 4. Elm- 
Fed are t u ha mourn, for they n. e cornrorted. 

n Luke xii. 42. Father, if thou be wil] 1 . remove 

this cuo f: ine ' ne srthejefs, not in y will, but thine 

done. .- ffcs xxi- 14. And when he [Paul] would xfot 

! perfi ;d, faying, The will of the Lord 

j done. 

2 Coi i. ic. A: bavin? nothing, and vet poileffing 
all ~s. 

/> John vi. 25. Ar.d Jefus faid unto them, I am the 
bread pf life, he ■ at Cometh to e ...ail ne /or hunger, 
mid he that believeth on ine 

q Plal. xiii. 1, 2. As the hart par, .; the water- 

brooks, fo panteth my fouJ after thee, O Cod. My foul 
thirtieth for God, for the living God : when ihall I come 

d appear before God? And lxiil 1. O G^\j, thou art: 
Cod, early wil I e . . : my foul eth for tm 

my fiefh longeth for theo* in a dry and I ind, whe 

And [xxiii. 25. \Vuqj - at 

and there >ne . >n ..... t . . I deHre beHdes 

166 Gospel Sonnets. Part HI. 

With meat and drink indeed I'm bled r, 
Yet feed on hunger, drink on third j\ 
My hunger brings a plenteous {lore s, 
My plenty makes me hunger more /. 

Strange is the place of my abode, 
I dwell at home, 1 dwell abroad u. 

tbee. Iia. xxvi. 8, 9. Yea in the way of thy judgments, O 
Lord, have we waited for thee ; the defire of our foul 
is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With 
my foul have I defired thee in the night, yea, with my 
fpirit within me will I feek thee early. 

r John vi. 55. For my flefli is meat indeed, and my 
blood is drink indeed. 

f Job xxix. 2, 3, 4. On that I were as in months pari", 
as in the days when God preferred me ; when his candle 
mined upon my head, and when by his light I walked thro' 
darknefs : as I was in the days of my youth, when the fe- 
cret of God was upon my tabernacle. Pfal. lxxvii. ic, 
11, 12. I will remember the years of the right hand of 
the Moil High, I will remember the works of the Lord: 
furely I ,will remember thy wonders of old. I will me- 
ditate alfo of all thy work, and talk of thy doii::^. Song 
v. 8. I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerufalem, If ye 
find my Beloved, that ye tell him that I am fick of love. 
Chap. viii. 1. O that thou wert a; my brother that fuck- 
ed the breads of my mother ! when I mould find thee 
without, I would kiis thee, yea, I Ihonld not be defpifed. 

s Matth. v. 6. Bleifeti are they which do hunger and 
thirft after righteoufiiefs, for they mail be filed. 

t 2 Cor. v. 2. For in this we groan earnefrly, defiri] 
to be clothed upon with our houie which is from heave 
Phil. i. 23. For I am in a ftrait betwixt two, having a < 
fire to depart, and to be with Chrift; which is far better. 
Sec Song ii. 3, 4, 5. I fat down under his fhadow v> 
great delight, and his fruit was fweet to my taiie. i:j 
brought me to the banqucting-houfe, and his banner o- 
ver me was love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me 
with apples ; for I am fick of love. 

u Job iv.19. How much lefs them that dwell in '. ■ of 
clay, whofe foundation is in the dnft, which are crufhed 
before the moth? Pfa£ xci. Lord I 

ft. IL The BeiLver's R. , 167 

I am riot vbere all men may fee, 
Bat where I ne\ er vet could be v. 

I'm full of hell iv, yet full of heav'n Z, 
I'm (till upright j, yet ftijl uney '11*23 

Imperfect a, yet a perfect faint 3 ; 
I'm ever poor c % yet never want d. 

No mortal eyes fees God and lives e y 
Yet light of him my foul revives f. 

ling place in all generations. And xci. 1. He that dwel- 
leth in the fecret place of the Meft High, lhall abide un- 
der the fhadow of the Almighty. 1 John iv. 16. God is 
: and he that dwclleth in love, dwclleth in God, and 
God in him. 

v I fa. xxxiii. 16. He fiia-11 d^ve 11 oil high: his place of 
defence mall be the munition of rocks. Eph. ii. 6. And 
hath railed us up together, and made us lit together in 
heavenly places in Chrift Jefus. 

-w Eccl. ix. 13: The heart of the fens of men is full 
of evil, and madnefs is in their heart while they live, 
and after that they go to the dead. 

.v Eph. iii. 19. And to know the love of Chrift, which 
paftcrh knowledge,- that ye might be filled with all the 

Lnefs of God. 

v Fia.l. xviii. 2$; I was alio upright before him : and 
I kept myfelf from mine iniquity. 

z Ezek. xviii. 25. Hear now, O houfe of Ifrael, are 
pot your ways unequal? 

a Rev. iii. 2. Be watchful, and ilrengthen the thing ; 
which remain, that are ready to die : for I have not found 
thy works perfect before God. 

b 1 Cor. ii. 6. Hov/beit we fpeak wifdom among them 
that are perfect, &:c. 

c Pfal. xl. 17. But I am poor and needy, yet the Lord 
thinketh uoon me. 

d Pfal. xxiii. 1. The Lord is my fhepherd, I lhall not 
want. And xxxiv. 10. The young lions do lack, and iuf- 
fer hunger ; but they that leek the Lord mall not want 
any good thing. 

e Exod. xxxiii. 20, And he faid, Thou canft not fee 
my face : for there mall no maafee me, and live. 

/ John vi. 4- Ar.d this b the will of him that lent me, 

1 63 Gospel So :; m e t s. Par: III. 

I live beft ul.en 1 fee melt bright £ ; 
Yet live by faith. a«id nor hv \M\\ b. 

I'm jib'ra! ;\ yet have n6aght tn fpare k ; 

Mod richly ctoh'd /, yet ftripl and bare ?n. 

that every one &at fefcth the Soii, ai :h on hlm^ 

may have everlafting life. Ghap. xx. 22. Then were the 
dlfciples eladwhen taev faw the Lord. 

r 2 X '.or. iii. :S. Cat we all with open face b Lug 

as in a glafs the glory of the Le v d, are changed into 
the fame image, £*om glery to glory, even a-, by jbhe 
Cpiiit of the Lord. Chap, it §. For God v.- ho com-* 
manded the light to mine out! of darlowfs, ' it lined in 
our hearts to give the light c knowledge of tne 

glory cf God, in the face Lit 

i: Gal. ii. 23s I am cruc : iih Chri • Neyert: 

1 live: yet net I, but Chrift itveth in me ; at ! life 
- - Lch i no-\7 live in the fieflij I lire by t ue Faith of t \ 
Son of God, who loved me, a; ' for tne. 

2 Cor. v. 7. For we walk b 

i Ffal. xxvii. 2i. T ■ icked borrp eth, and paye/tlp 

not again: bnt the righte i :b nsvc-, and givet . 

/: Zeph. i:i. i 2. 1 will ?. e iii the niidft of thee an 

Hicfced and poor people, and they ftiali trait in the n 

of ' Lord; 

/ Ifa. lxL :?. Z ■ ill greatly r ; hi t" .? ' . - h 

nl fliall be ; wfal in mv God, for ;> .e hath clothed me 

with the garments of falvation, he hath covered n ! 

the robe of : >u nefs, asabri 

s ornament >, and as a bride adornetft h. 
with ! er jewels. 

m Ezek. rvi. 7. I have cirved dee to ni 
had of the field, and thou halt mere and waxen gee 

id then art conic to e^ceiien- orianr 
are faflrioned,^and thine hair U gf J yn, whereas th iA 

naked and hare. Rev. Lit 17- Been-. - »n fayeft, I am 

:h. and increa'ed with goods, and have need of no- 
t ii lg ; and knoweft not that thou ait wretched, and mi- 
ferable, andpox-, and blind, and naked. 

ft. II. The Believer's Riddle. J 69 

My tlock is riien by my fall r. ; 
For, having nothing, 1 have all 0. 
I'm iinful />, yet I hfrve no fin q ; 
All (potted o'er r, yet wholly clean f. 
Klacknefs and beauty both 1 (hare. 
A hellifh black, a hc.v/cnly fair j. 
They're of the dev'J, who fin amain t: 
But I'm of God, yet fin retain u : 
This traitor vile the throne aflbmesv, 
Prevails, yet never overcomes tu. 

n Horn. viii. 28. And we know that ell things work to- 
gether ibr good, to tliem that love God, to them who 
arc the called according to his purpofe. 

2 Cor. vi. 10. — as having nothing, and vet po&ifiog 

1 things. 

p Rom- vii. 14- For we know that the law is Spiritual ; 
but I am carnal, fold under fin. v. 24. O wretched mini 
t lat 1" am, who (hall deliver me from the body of this 

q Numb. xxiii. 21. He hath not beheld iniquity in Ja- 
cob, neither hath he feen perverfenefs in Ifrael. 1 John 
iii. 9. Whofoever is born of God, doth not commit lip ; 
for his feed remains th in him : and he cannot fin, becauie 
he is born of God. 

r PfaL xiv. 3- They are all gone aftde, they are al- 
together become filthy : there is none that doth good, no 
not one. 

f Song iv. 7. Thou art all fair, my love, there is no 
fpot in thee. 

j- Song i. v. I am black but comely, O ye daughters of 
Jerufalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of So- 
lomon, v. 1$. Behold thou art fair, my love; behold 
thou art fair, thou bait doves e;es 

t i John iii. 3. Ke that committer.!! fin, is of the de- 
vil; for the devil finnejth from the beginning- 

u 1 John i. 8. it we fay that we have no fej, we de- 
ceive ourfelves, and the truth is not in us. 

V ilcj^r. \ ii. 2^. But I fee another law in my members, 
warring agulmfc the iav of my mind, and bringing me in- 
to captivity to the law of fin, which is in my members. 

iu gfal. hvv. 3. Inn ui tie 3 prevail a^ainfc me : as for 


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I'm without guile, an IfraTite x, 
Yet like a gu.leful hypocrite^; 
Maintaining truth in th* inward part z. 
With felfehood rooted in my heart a. 

Two maflers, iure, I cannot ferve b. 
But nxoft from one re(j*r<Befs iwerve; 
Yet (elf is for my mailer known c, 
Ar.d Jefus is my Lord alone d. 

our traafgrefliohs thou {halt purge them away. Rom. vi. 
14- For fin (hall not have dominion over you; for ye are 
not under the law, but under grace. 

x John i. 47- Jc : is Paw N'athanael coming to him, and 
faith of him, Behold an Ifraelite indeed, in whom is no 
guile. Pial. xxxii. 2. Blelfed is the man unto whom the 
Lord imputeih not iniquity, and in- whole* fpirit there is 
no guil2. 

y Pial. xix. 12. Who can underfland his errors? cleanfe 
thou me from Tec ret faults. 

z Pfal. ii. 6. Behold thou de fire ft truth in the inward 
parts ; and in the hidden part thou malt make me to know 

a Matth. xv. 19. For out of the heart proceed evil 
thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, falfe 
witnefs, blafphemies. 

b Matth. vi. 24. No man can ferve two matters : f or 
either lie will hate the one, and love the other ; or 
efle he will hold to the one, and defpife the other. Ye 
cannot r erve God and mammon. 

c Hof. x. n. Ifrael is an empty vine, he bringeth 
for: 1 fruit unto him elf : according to the multitude of 
his fruit, he hath increafed the altars; according to the 
goodnefs of his land, the/ have made goodlv images. 
Matth. xvi. 24. Then faid Jefus unto his difcipies, If a:, 
man will come after me, let him deny himfelf, and take 
up his cro r s, and follow me. 

d Ifa. xxvi. 13. O Lord our God, other lords be (ides 
thee have had dominion over us ; but by thee only will 
we make mention of thy name. John xx. 28. And Tho- 
mas anfwered and faid unto him, My Lord, and my G 

Seft. II. The Belize's RidJh. lit 

I Peek my (elf inceflantly e, 

Yet dailv do mvlclf clenv A 
To me 'tis lawful evermore 
Myfeif to love and to abhoi*£, 

In this vain world I live, yet fee 
I'm dead to it and it to ine h- 
My joy is endlefs /', yet at befl: 
Does hardly for a moment laft k, 

e Jam. iv. 3. Ye afk, and receive not, becaufe y e ads 
amifs, that ye may confume it upon your lufts. Jer. xlv r . 
2, 5. Thus faith the Lord the God of Ifrael unto thee, 

Baruch, And feekefl thou great things for thyfelf r" 
Seek them not; for behold, I will bring evil upon all 
^Gfn y faith the Lord : but tny life will 1 give unto thee 
for a prey in all places whither thou goefi. 

/ Matth. xvi. 24. See letter c. 

g Lev. xix. 8. Thou fhalt not avenge, nor bear any 
grudge againil the children of thy people, but thou fhak 
love thy neighbour as thyfelf: I am the Lord. Eph. v. 9'.' 
For no man ever yet hated his own rlefh ; but nourifheth 
and cherifheth it, even as the Lord the church. John 
xii. 25. He that loyeth his life, fhail lofe it: and he that? 
lofeth his life in this world, fhall keep it unto life eter- 
nal. Job xlii- 6. Yv r herefore I abhor myfeif, and repent 
in duft and afhes. 

/; Col. iii. 3. For ye are dead, and your life :> hid 
with Chrift in God. Gal. vi. 1 4- But God forbid that I 
mould glory fave in the crofs of our Lord Jefus Chrii 
by whom the world is' crucified unto me,' and I unto the 

i John xvi. Z2f And ye now therefore* have forrow :' 
but I will fee you again, and your heave fhall rejoice, and 
Your jov no man takcth from vou. 2 TheT. ii. 16. Now 
our Lord Jefus Chrilt himfelf, and God the Father, which 
hath loved us, and hath given us everlafiing confolation, 
and good hope through grace, &c. 

k Plal. xmx. 7. Lord, by thy favour thou haft made my 
mountain to frand firon^ : thou didft hide thy face, and 

1 was troubled. I/a. xlix. 13, 14. Sing, O heavens, an<| 
Le joyful, O earth ; and break forth into finging, O 
mountains : for the L^rd hath comforted his people, and 

i"]2 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 


Myfteries about the faint's work and warfare, their (ins, 

forrows, and joys. 

THE work is great I'm cali'd unto ^ 
Yer nothing's left for me to do b : 
Hence for my work Keav'n has prepar'd 
No wages c, yet a great reward d. 

To works, but not to working dead e ; 
From fin, but not from (inning freed/, 

will have mercy upon his abided. But Zion laid, The 
Lord h?.th forfaken me, and my Lord huth forgotten me. 
a Phil. ii. 12. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have al- 
ways obeyed, not as in my prefence only, but now much 
more in my abfence; work out your own falvation with 
fear and trembling. 

b Phil. ii. 13. For it is God which worketh in you, both 
to will and to do of his good pleafure. Lev. xx. 7, S. 
Sanctify yourfelves, therefore, and be ye holy : for I am 
the Lord your God. And ye ihali keep my flatutes, and 
do them : I am the Lord which fanclifv you. 

c Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of fin is death, but the 
gift of God is eternal life, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. 
Chap. xi. 6. And if by grace, then is it no more of work' ; 
otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be cf work^, 
then is it no more grace; otherwise work is no more 

d Pfal. xix. 11. Moreover, by them [the judgments of 
the Lord] is thy fcrvant warned : and in keeping of thcra 
there is great reward. Pfal lviii. 1;. Verily mere is a 
reward for the righteous : verily he is God that j^dg^th 
in the earth. 

c Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye alfo are 
become deed to the law by the body of Chrift ' } that ye 
fhould be married to another, even to him who is raifed 
from the dead, that we fhould bring forth fruit unto God. 
Gal. ii. 19. For I through the law am dead to the law, 
that I might live unto God. 
/ 1 Johni. 3. If we fay that we :: ive no f.n, we d^- 

Sea. III. The Believer'* Riddle. 17* 

T clear myfelf from no offence £ t 
Yet wafh mine hands in innocence h. 

My Father'? anger bum* like fire : } 
Without a fpark of furious ire k : 
Though frill my (ins difpleafing be/, 
Yet ftili I know he's pleas'd with me ;;;. 

Triumphing; is my conftant trade n y 
Who yet am oft a captive led c. 

ceive ourfelves, and the truth is not in us. Chap. iii. 9. 
Who oever is born of God, doth not commit fin; for his 
feed rem aire th in him : and he cannot fin, becaufe he is 
born of God. 

g Rem. vii. 18. For I know, that in me (chat is, in my 
fiefn) dwellcth no geed thing ; for to vriii is prefent with 
me; but how to perform that which is good, I find not. 

h P.'al. x::vi. 6. I v.iil v.-afli mine hands in innocency; 
fo v/ ill I compafs thine altar, O Lord. 

i 1 Kings si 9. And the Lord was angry with Solo- 
mon, becaufe his heart was turned from the Lord God 
of Ifrael, which had appeared unto him twice. 

k Ifa. xxvii. 4. Fury is not iu me. Chap. liv. 9, 10. 
For this is as the waters of Noah unto me : for as I have 

votn that the waters of Noah fhould no mere go over 
Che earth : fo have I (worn that I would not be wroth 
thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains mall de- 
part, and the hills be removed, but my kindnefs fhall not 
depart from thee, neither {hall the covenant of my peace 
be removed, faith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. 

/ Kab. i. 13. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold 
evil, and canit not look on iniquity. Jer. xliv. 4. How- 
beit, I fent unto you ail my fervants the prophet-:, rifing 
early and fending them, faying, O do not this abomina- 
ble thing that I hate. 

m Math. iii. 17. And lo, a voice from heaver:, (aying, 
This is my beloved Scr., in whom I am well pleafed. 
Rom. v. 10. When we were enemies, we were reconcil- 
ed to God by ti e death cf his Son. 

n 1 Cor. ii. 14. Now thanks be unto God which always 
cau'eth us to triumph in Chrift. 

Rem. vii 23. But I fee another law 1 in my membei 

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My bloody war does never ceafe^, 
Yet I maintain a (table peace q. 

^ly foes affaulring conquer me, 

Yet ne'er obtain the victory r ; 

For ail my battles loft or won, 

Were gain'd before they were begun/. 

I'm ftill &t eafe, and dill oppreft ; 
Have con flan t trouble, conftant reft s \ 


warring againft the law of my mind, and bringing me 
into captivity to the law of fin, which is in my members. 

p Rom. vii. 23. See letter o. I Tim. vi. 12. Fight the 
good fight of faith, &c. Gal. v. 1 7. For the flefh luftetn 
againft the Spirit, and the Spirit againft the fiefh; and 
thefe are contrary the one to the other; fo that ye can- 
not do the things that ve would. 

q Horn. v. 1. Therefore being juftifei by faith, we 
have peace with God, through our Lord Jefus Chrift. Ifa. 
liv. 10. See letter k. 

r Rom, vii. 23. See letter o. Chap. viii. 37- Nay, in 
all theib things we are more than conquerers, through 
him that loved us. 

/ 1 Cor. xv. 57- But thanks be to God, which giveth 
us the victcrv. through our Lord Tefus Chrift. 

s 2 Cor. iv- 8. We are troubled on every fide, yet not 
cdftre fieri ; we are perplexed, but not in defpair. John xvi. 
33. Thefe things have I fpoken unto you, that in me ye 
might have peace. In the world ye fhall have tribula- 
tion ; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world 
Heb. iv. 3- For v. h:ch have believed, do enter into reft. 

Seft. III. The Believer's Riddle. I 7 5 

Both clear and cloudy t } free and bnund u ; 
Both dead and living r, left and found nv. 

Sin for my good does work and yvin v ; 
Yet Ms not good for me to fin y. 
My plealure ifl'ues fromVmy pain-, 
My lofTes liiil increai'e my gain a. 

t Zech. xiv. 6, 7. And it fliail come to pafs in that day, 
that the light Trail not be clear, nor daik. But it fhall 
be one day, which fhall be known to the Lord, not day 
nor night : but it Trail come to pais, that at evening-time 
it fhall be light. Mic. vii. 8. Rejoice not againfl me, O 
mine enemy; when I fail, I fhall arife ; when I fit in 
darknefs, the Lord fhall be a light unto me. 

u John viii. 36. If the Son therefore fhall make you 
free, ye fhall be free indeed. Acts xx. 23. The Holy 
Ghpft witnefleth in every city, jaying, That bonds and 
afflictions abide me. 

v 2 Cor. vi. 9— as dying, and behold we live. Col. iii. 
3. For ve are dead, and vour life is hid with Chrift in 

iv Mat th. xyiii. 11. Fcr the Sen of man is come to 
fave that which was loft. Pfal. cxix. 176. I lave gene 
aftray like a loll fheep, feek thy en ant. Phil. iii. 9. And 
be found in him, not having mine cwn rightecu:re(s, 
which is of the law, But tfcat which is through the faith 
of Chrift, the righteou'nefs which is of Gcd by faith. 

x Rom. viii. 28. And we know that all things work to- 
gether for gocd, to them that love Gcd, to them who 
are the called according to his purpo e. Chap. xL 11. I 
fay then, Have they ftumbled that they fhouid tail? God 
foibid; but rather through their fall falvation is come 

unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealou y. 
y Pfal. lxxxix. 31, 32. If they break my itatutes, and 

keep not my commandments, then will I viftt their tranf- 

greflion with the rod, and their iniquity with ftripes. 
z Pfal. cxix. 67. Before I was afflicted, I v. en t aftray *• 

but now have I kept thy word. x>. 71. It is good for me 

that I have been afOicled : that I might learn thy ftatutes. 

James i. 2. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall 

;nto divers temptations. 

a Matth. x. 39. He that lofeth his life for my fake, fliall 

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I'm hcal'd ev'n when my places abound b> 
Cover'd with duft ev'n when I'm crown'd c\ 
As low as death when living high d, 
Nor fhal! I live, yet cannot die e. 

For all my fins my heart is lad, 

Since God's difhonour'd/J yet I'm glad, 

Find it. Mark s. 29. pp. And Jems anfwcred and fa Id, 
Verily I fay unto you, There is no man that hath left 
home, or brethren, or fillers, or fattier, or mother, or 
•wife, or <: . . • lands for my fake and the gofpeVs, 

but he mall receive an hundred-fold now in this time, 
houfes, and orethrer;, and filters, and mother?, and chit 
cre-i, and ianri*, v?v;:i persecutions ; and in the world to 
come eternal life. 

h Rom. vii. 24, 25. O wretched man that I am, who 
(hall deliver me from the body of this death! I thank 
God, through Je lis Ch"iit our Lord. 

'■ Tjji 'tyj Job ::lii. 5, 6. I have heard of thee 

by hearing of the ear : but now mine eye feeth thee. 
Wherefore I achor myielf, and repent in duft and 
• afnes. E-:ek. xvi. 63. That thou mayevt remember arid 

be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more be- 
canfe of thy ihame, when I am pacified toward thee for 
all that thou baft done, faith the Lord G 

d 2 Cor. vi. 9 — as dying, and behold, we live. 

e Ileb. ix. 27. It is appointed unto men once to die. 
John v. 24. Verily, verily I fay unto you, He that hear- 
ethmyword, and belie veth on him that fent me, hath 
everlafring life, and mail not come into condemnation ; 
but ii paifed from death unto life. Chap. vi. -p- And 
this is the will of him that fent me, that every ceo 
that feeth the Son, end believe ,h on him, may have 
everlafting life. v. 50, 51. This is the bread which Com- 
eth down from heaven, that a man may" cat thereof, and 
not die. I am the living bread which came down frern 
heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he fnall live for 
ever: and the bread that I will give, is my £eih, which 
I will give for the life of the world. 

/ Pfai. ii. 4. Againft thee, thee only hare I finned, r 
done this evil in thy light, 


J>e<fL III. 

Tie Believer' } s Riddle. 


Though once I was a Have to fin g, 
Since God docs therebv honour win h* 

My fin? are ever in his eye /, 

Yet he beholds no fin in me k\ 

T I is mind that keeps them all in ft ore. 

Will yet remember them no more /. 

Secaufe my fins are great, I feel 
Great fears of heavy wrath ??: ; yet (till 

g Rom. vi. 17. But God be thanked, that ye were the 
fen ants of fin, but ye have obeyed from tie heart that 
hid of doctrine which was delivered unto you. 
h Ifa. xii. 24. Sing, O ye heaven - ;; for the Lord hath 
done it: ihou", ye lower parts of the earth: break forth 
into finging, ye mountains, O forefts, and every tree 
therein : for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and Rip- 
rifled hi mfelf in Ihael. Eph. i. 6. To the praile of the 
glory of his grace, v. 12, Tnat we mould be to the 
praife of his glory. 

/ Rev. xii- I. I know thy work", that thou ha*l a name 
that thou livell, and art dead, v, 15. I knew thy works, 
that thou art .er cold nor hot. 

k Numb, xxiii. 21. Kc hath not beheld iniquity in Ja- 
cob, neither hath he feen perverfenefs in Ifael. Song 
. Thou art all fair, my love, there is no fpot in thee. 
Eztk. xvi. 14. And thy renown went forth among the 
Heathen for lUty; for it was perfect through my 

comelinefs which I had put upon thee, faith the Lord God. 
/ Ifa. xliil. 25. I, even I am he that blatteth out thy 
t ran fgre incus for mine own fake, and will not remember 
thy hns. }er. xxxi. 3 i- * w *^ forgive their iniquity, and 
I will remember their fin no ip Hob. viii. 12. I will 

merciful to their unrighteoufnef r , and their fins and 
their iniquities will I remember, no more. 

vi Ezra ix. P„ 14. And after ail that is come upon us 
for our evil deeds, and for our great trefpafi, feeing that 
thou our God hath punifned us Ie:s than our iniquities 
defcrve, and bait given us fuch deliverance as this, mould 
we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity 
with the people of thefe abi- tions ? wouldft not thou be 

angry with us till thou hadft confuined us, fo tn-at there 

, 178. Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

For mercy feek, for pardon wait t 
Becaule my (ins are very great n, 

I hope when plung'd into defpair 0, 
I tremble when I have no fear/>. 
Pardons difpels my grief and fears q> 
And yet diffolve my heart in teajs r. 

ihould be no remnant nor escaping? Pfal. xxxviii. 1. O 
Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath; neither chaften me in 
thy hot difpleafure. 

n Pfal. xxv. 1 1. For thy name's fake, O Lord, pardon 
mine iniquity ; for it is great. Jer. xiv. 7. O Lord, tho* 
our iniquities teftify againit. us, do thou it for thy name's 
fake : for cur backflidings are many, we have finned a- 
gainit thee. 

Rom. 'iv. 18. Who [Abraham] againft hope believed 
in hope. 2 Cor. 1. 8, 9. For we would not, brethren, 
have you ignorar.t of bur trouble which came to us in A- 
fia, that we were pre fled out of meafure, above ftrength, 
infomuch that we deipaired even of life : but we had the 
fentence of death in ourfelves, that we fhould not truft 
in ourselves, but in God which raifeth the dead. 
1 p Phil. ii. 12. Wherefore, my beloved, a^ye have al- 

ways obeyed, not as in my pre fence only, but now much 
more in my ab fence \ work out your own falvation with 
fear and trembling. ' Luke i. 74. That he would grant 
unto us, that we being delivered out of the hands of cur 
enemies, night ferve him without fear. 

q Matth. ix. 2. Jefus faid unto the fick of the palfy, 
Son, be cf good cheer, thy f ns be forgiven thee. 

r Ezek. xxxvi. 25, 26. Then will I fprinkle clean wa- 
ter upon yon, and ye fhall be clean : from all your fil- 
thinefs, and from all your idols will I cleanfe you. A nev; 
heart alfo will I give you, and a nev/ fpirit will I put 
within you 7 and I will take away the itony heart out of 
your fleih, and I will give you a heart of nelh. v. 31. 
Then ihall ye remember your own evil ways, and your do- 
ings that were nGt good, and ihall loath yourfelves in your 
own fight for your iniquities, and for your abominations. 
Chap. xvi. 63. That thou mayeft remember and be con- 
founded, and never open thy mouth any more becaufe c: 

ft. IV. The BtlievJr's Riddle. 179 


Myfteries in f.iit'/s extraction", way and walk, prayers 
and anfwers, heighths and depths, fear and love. 

W IT II wafps and bees my bnfy bill 
Sucks ill from good, and g'>cd from ill a: 
Humil'ty makes my pride to grow, 
And pride afpiring lays me low b* 

:ne, when I am pacified toward thee for all that 

011 haft done, faith the Lord Gcd. 

j Rom. ii. 4. Or de r pi eft thou the riches of his good- 
nefs, and forbearance, ar.d long-uiiTering : r.ot knowing 
that the goodness of God leadeth to repentance? Chap. 
vi. 1, 2. What fhi'.ll we fay then? fhall we continue in 
f.n, that grace may abound? Gcd forbid: how fhall we 
* 1 1 at are dead to. fin live any longer therein? v. 15. What 

211? fhall we fin, becau'e we are not under the law, but 
under grace? Gcd forbid. Chap. viii. 28. And we know- 
that all things work together for good, to them that love 
God, vj them whjb are the called according to his-pur- 

fc. Phil. i. J 2. But I would ye fhould underftand, 
brethren, that the things which happened unto me, have 
fallen out unto the furtherance of the go'pei. Pfal. cxix. 
71. Ic is good for me that I have beep -frlivfted ; that I 
might learn thy ftatute:. 

b 2 Cor. xii. 17. And left I Jlnould be exalted above 
me afu re, through the abundance of the revelations, there 
was given to me a thorn in the f.elh, the meilenger oi* Sa- 
tan to buffet me, left I fnould be exalted above me.a'iire. 
Prov. xxix. 23. A mar/.; pride fhall bring him low : but 
honour fhali uphold the humble fpirit. — 2 Crvron. xxxii. 
26. Hezekiah humbled himfeif for the pride of his. heart, 
(both he and the inhabitants of Jerufalem), fo that the 
wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the dsys of He-. 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part III. 

My (landing docs my fall procure c, 
My failing makes me ftancl more fure d. 
My poifon does my phyfic prove e } 
My enmity provokes my love/I 

My poverty infers my wealthy, 
My ficknefs i/Tues in my health /; ; 

c Pfal. xxx. 6, 7. And in my profperity I faid, I &all 
never be moved. Lord, by thy favour thou haft mace 
my mountain to ftamd itrong : thon didfi: hide thy face 5 
una I was troubled. .• ; • 

d Prov. xxiv. 16. For a juft man falieth fevcn time', 
tmd rifeth np again. Pfal. ::xxvii. 24. Though he fall, 
he fnall not utterly be caft down ; for the Lord upholdeth 
him. with his hand. 

e 2 Cor. xli. 7, 8. And leu I mould be exalted abo 
meafure, through the abundance cf the revelations., there 
was given to me a thorn in the nefh, the metiehger cf E 
tan to buffet me, teft 1 mould be exalted Shove meafw 
For this thing 1 befo light the Lord thrice, that it might de- 
part from me. Ifa. xxvii. 8, 9. It: meafurc -when it (hoot- 
cth forth, thou wilt debate with it; ' -.thhisrou 

wind in the day of hi-, tail- wind. y this therefore 
the iniquity of Jacob be purged, and t' all fc&e fniit 

to take away his fin. 

f Gal. v. 27. The ueHi lufteth againft the Spirit, ar r ; 
the Spirit againft the fefu. v. 24. AvA tht- tre 

Ohrih/s, have crucified the flefh, with the aiie 

g Rev. ii. 9.' I know, thy poverty ? hut then att r : ch. 
2 Ccr. vi. 10. — >as having nothing, and • et ph 
things. . 

b Matth. ix. 12. They that be whole need not r plivft- 
cian, but they that are fck. Ifa. lvii. 17, i3. For the 
•iniquity of his covetoumefs ktffk I wroth and fmote him •* 
I hid me and was wroth, and lie went on frowardly in 
the way of his heart. I have (^en his ways, and will 
heal him : I Will lead him alio, and rcftcre comfort: unto 
him, and to his mourner*. . . 

fi. i: hi Bel'tevfr'i Ri s8l 

My hard tends to make me i' Tt f, 
And killing ll do cure me ufi ^. 

While high attainments cafl: me down, 
TUv deci) abatements raife me Toon /: 
IMy bell things lift have evil brood *;/, 
My word things Vv T ork my greaieit good ;.\ 

Ife. Ixiii. I?. O lord, why baft tiion made u- J'c err 
thy ways? and hardened leartfiom thy fear' 

" turn for trry . at* a fake, the tribes of e inhe- 


4 2 Cor. i. o. But we hid the fehtence of deal nr- 

ve>, that we fhould net tr k lyes, bnt in God, 

ich raifeth the dead. H >C v. 1 5. I will fro $md return 

v- place, till thpv acknofl their offence, and ieek 

(eek me early, fchap. 
I let rs return Lord ; for ! e 

torn, and he will heal ur ; he I ittert. ana he will 

bjod u r . up. 

/ : Pel jetrVone to another, Vahd' be clothed 

with humility 5 tor God ref.fietb the proucf, and giVeth 
grace to the 1 ;.mb!e. Humble * fore uxui 

the might f God, tbathe may exalt v 

time. P:al o:vi. 6. I was brought I 1 d he helped 


/a; Pfal- xxx. 6, 7. And in my pro (aid, I lhall 

never be moved. Lord, by tv ir thou haft mad$ 

ray mountain t< ftrocg: t': bide th? face, 

ancf I was- troubled- Deut. xxxii. :.;. 15. Butter o£ h re, 
d milk of fheep, with tat cf iamb: and fpjfis of the 
. d t :" ] he fat of I idnevs cf 

didft drink the pine bic d f ' e gra^i 
at Jef in waxed fat, and kicked; thou art v/w ■ 
u art grown thick, thou Sft covered wif 
'hen he fbrfook the God which made him, and 3 : % .'." e v - 
fleemed the rock of 1 i: fafvatfoo. al- cvi 
triers understood not thv wonders in JEpvpt. the- rcrocni- 
bered not the multitude of thy mercie:, bi 
him at the (ea, even at the Red-:" 

;; Pfal. xx. 1 1. Thou haft turned for r: 
into dar : thou baft put off my fa'ckclotf?, and glided 

ine wit! 


uospel Sonnets. 

Part HI. 

My inward foes that me alarm, 
Breed me much hurt, yet little harm o. 
I get no good by them *, yet Tee 
To my chief good they caufe me flee/'. 

They reach to me a deadly ftroke q > 
Yet lend me to a living rock r. 
They make me long for Canaan's banks s x 
Yet fure I owe them little thanks. 

0- Jer. x. 19. Y/o is me for rny hurt, my wound is griev- 
ous 1 but I faidj Truly this is my grief, and I muit bear 
It. 1 Pet. iii. 13. And who is he that will harm you; if 
ye be followers of that which is good? 

* viz. in lodmfelveSy but. mug}) evil % 1 Fet. ii. ii. Dear- 
ly beloved, I befeech you as ftrangers and pilgrims, ab- 
ftain from flelhly lults, which war againft the foul. James 
i. 14, 15- But every man is tempted, when he is drawi) 
away by his own lull, and .enticed. TL^u when luft 
hath conceived, it bringth forth fin; and fin, when it is 
fhiijhecL bringeth forth death. 

p Pfal. cxliii. 9. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine e- 
nemies : I ilee unto thee to hide me. 

q Rom. viii. 13. If ye live after the flefh, ye lhall die. 

r Pfal. xviii. 46, 47. The Lord liveth, and bleued be 
my rock : and let the God of my falvatiqsa be exalted- I- : 
is God that avenge th me, and fubdueth the people under 

v j- Pfal. lv. 6. And I faid, O that I had wings like a 
dove ! for then would I fly away, and be at reil. And 
cxx. 5. Wo is me, that I ibjourn in Mefech, that I dwell 
in tents of Kedar. Rom. viii- 2? — 23. For the creature 
was made fubject to vanity, not willingly, but oy realon 
of him who iubje-fted the fame in hope: be caufe the 
creature itfelf alfo delivered from the bondage of 
corruption, into the glorious liberty of- the children ot 
God. For we know the whole creation groaneth, and 
travelleth in pain together until now : and not only they, 
but ourfelves alfo, which have the firft- fruits of the Spi- 
rit, even we ourlelyes groan withia ourfelves, waiting 
For the adoption, to writ, the redemption of our be d 

Se<ft. III. The Believer s Riddle. j3j 

1 travel t, yet (land firm and fail a; 
1 run v, but yet I make no hafte no. 
I take a way both old and new x, 
Within my fight^y, yet out of view z. 
My way directs me in the way a. 
And will not fuffer me to ftray b ; 
Though high and out of fight it be, 
I'm in the way, the way's in me c. 

t Heb. xi. I ^. — and confeiTed that they were ftrarr?; 
and pilgrims on the earth. 

u 1 Cor. xvi. 13. Watch ye, ftand foft in the faith; 
quit you like men, be ftrqng. 

v Heb. xii. 1. Let us run with patience the race that is 
fet before 11 r .. 

-w I fa. xxviii. 16. He t^at believeth fnall not make hafte. 

x Jer. vi- 16. Thus faith the Lord, vStand ye in the 
ways and fee, and afk for the old paths, where is the 
good way, and walk therein, and ye fhall find reft for your 
fouls. Heb. x. 19, 20. Having therefore, brethren, bokl- 
nefs to enter into the holieft by the blood of Jems, by a 
new and living way, which, he hath confeerated for us, 
through the vail, that is to fay, hh fleih. 

y 1 Cor. xiii. 12. For we now fee through aglafs, dark- 
ly ; but then face to fac2 : now I know in part ; but then 
fhall I know even as I alio am known. 

z John xvi. 10. I go to my Father and ye fee me no 

a John xiv. 6. Jefus faith unto him, I am the way : — no 
man coineth unto the Father, but by inc. 

b Ifa. xlii. 16. And I will brinq; the blind bv a wav that 
they know not; I will lead them in paths that they have 
not known : I will make dafjenefs light before them, and 
crooked things ftraight. Thefe things will I do unto them, 
and not forfake them. Chap. v. 4. Behold I have given 
him to be a leader and. commander to the people. 

c Ifa. xxxv. 8. And an high- way ihall be there, and a 
way, and it fhall be called the way of holineft ; the uti - 
clean mall not pals over it, but it fnall be for thofc: 
the wayfaring men, though foolr, fhall not err therein. 
John xv. id. Abide in me, and I in you. Chap, xvii. 23. 
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect 


184 Gospel Sonnet s. Part III. 

'Tis ftraight d, yet full of heights and depihs e ; 
I keep the way/^ the ways trie keeps g. 
And being that to which I tend, 
My very way's rny journey's end r. 
When Vva in company I groan, 
Becaufe I then am moil alone / ; 

in one, and that the world may know that thou haft fent 
me, and haft loved them, a- then haft loved me. v, 26. 
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will de- 
- are it: that the love Wherewith thou haft loved Hie, 
may he in them, and I in them. 

fTMatth. iih 3. This is he that was fpoken of by the 

apuet Efaias, faying, The voice of one crying in the 
wilaerneft, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his 
paths flraisht. 

c Ifa. xb 3, 4- The voice of him that c in the 

wiidernefs, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, rake 
ftroight in the depart a highway for our Ccd. T val- 

ley (hall be exalted, and every mountain and 
made low : : ::d the crooked (hall be made h and 

the rough ptaces plain. Chap. xiji. 16. Sej .'. ' . Pfal. 

Ixxvii 13- Thy Way, O God, is in the : an 8 9. 

Thy way is in the fea, and thy path in the great waters, 
and thy foetfteps are not known. 

/ Pfal. xxxvii. 34- Wait on the Lord, an. 
Way, and he fiiall exalt to inherit the land. 

1 Pial. cyxi. 2 4. He will hot fuffer thv foot to "ne mo - 
ea- he that keepeth thee will net ilumhe:. Behold, ! e 
that keepeth Ifrael, xhall neither dumber nor Jleep. 

h Keb. y}A.' 22, 23, 24. But ye are come unto mount 
Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heave: 
Jerusalem, and to on innumerable company of angels, 
to the general aflemblv and church of the : -ch 

are written in heaven, and to Gcd the judge of all, and 
to the fpirits of juft men made perfeC ft to Jefus the 

? Iediator cf the nev,- covenant, and to thejalocd of fprirk- 
ling, tli at fpeaketh better things than the blood of Abel. 
1 Them* iv. 1 7. Then v;e which are alive and remain, 

.all be caught up together With them in the clouds, ta 
meet the Lord in the air: and fo mall we be ever with 
the Lord. 

- ; Song i. 3. Tell me* C tliou whom my foul leveth, 

I. IV. The BeilfOir'* RUdfe. \ 

Ycr in my clofeft fecrecy, 
I'm iovful in my company k. 

I'm beard afar J, without a nc 
I cry without a lifted voice ?;,- ; 
Still moving in devotion's fpbere «, 
Yet feldom itcadv perfevere 0. 

I'm heard when anivi er'd fooh or lata/ ; 
And heard when I no anftver apt q ; 

where then feedafr, where thou makel thy Sock to reft 
at noon : for why fhculd I be as one that turneth afide by 
the flocks cf thy companions? 

k Song vii. n ? 12. Come my beloved, let us go forth 
into the field, let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up 
early to the vineyards, let us fee if the vine flourish, 
whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates 
bud forth : for then? will I give thee my loves. 

I Pfal. ;-.x. 6. Nov/ know I, that the Lord faveth his a- 
nointed : he will hear him from his holv heaven, with the 
faving ftrehgth of his right hand. 

m i Sam. i. 13, r ^, 1 5. No-" Hannah, (he fpake in her 
hearty only her lip- moved, | : voice was not heard t 

therefore £li thought fhe had been drunken, And Eli 
laid unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away 
thy wine from thee. And Hannah anfwered and laid. 
No, mv Lord, I am a woman cf a r crrowful fpirit; i 
have drunken neither wine no- frrong drink, but have 
poured out my foil before the Lord. 

» 1 ^ . . v. \~j. Pray without cea 

I -i.4. Oljohn what ft all "I dp unto thee? 
Judah, what -all I do unto thee? for your gbodne's 

as fcmoTrrmg-'cIoted, and as the early dew it gocth awa 

P !■&■ s T lus fa ; e Lord, in an accep^abje 

time have I heard thee, and in a day cf fajvation have I 
r -:-lped thee. 

. 7 MattJ*. xxvi. 39. Andjefus ~ert alitzle farther, and 
fell on his face, and -prayed, faying, O my Father, if it 
he poflible, let this cv.p pafs from me : ceverthelefs, not 

as I wil!, but as thou wilt. 

i'S6 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

Yea, kindly anfwei'd, when refus'c! r, 
And friendly treat when harfhly us'd /. 

My fervent pray'rs ne'er did prevail r. 
Nor e'er of pre valency fail /. 

r Pfal. xxii. I, 2, 3. My God, my God, why hafl thou 
forfaken me? why art fo far from helping me, and from 
the words of my roaring \ O my God, I cry in the day- 
time, but thou heareft not ; and in the night feafon, and 
am not filent. But thou art holy ? O thou that inhabiteit 
the praifes of Ifrael. 

/ Heb. xii. 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10. And ye have forgotten the 
exhortation which fpeaketh unto you as children, My 
fon, defpife not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint 
when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lordlov- 
eth he chafteneth, and fcouvgeth every for, whom he re- 
ceive :h. If ye endure chailening, God dealeth with you 
as with fons ; for what Ton is he whom the father chaften- 
eth not? But if ye be without chaftirement, whereof all are 
partakers, then are ye baftards, and not fons. Further- 
more, we have have had fathers of our f3efh, which cor- 
rected us, and we gave them reverence: fnaH we not 
much rather be in fubjeftion to the Father of fpirits, and 
live? For thev verily for a few d?.vs chaftened us after 
their own pleasure ; but he for our profit, that we might 
be partakers of his holinefs. 

s Dan. hC 18, 19, O my God, incline thine ear and 
hear; open thine eyes, and behold our defolatio.ns, and 
the city which is called by thy name : for we do not pre- 
fent our fupplications before thee for our righteoufnefs, 
but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, for- 
give ; O Lord v hearken and do; defer not, for thine own 
fake, O my God : for thy city, and thy people are calle4 
by thy name. 

t James v. 16. The effectual fervent prayer of a righ- 
teous man availeth much. 

SeA. IV. The Believer's Ri<L)le. 

I wreflle till my ftrerigth be fpent n, 

Yet yield when ftronnr recruits are (cat v* 

I hngnifh for my Hnflband's charms iv, 
Yet faint away when in his arms x. 
My fweetell health doth ficknefs prove ; 
When love me heals, I'm fick cf love^. 

I am mod merry when I'm fad z ; 
Moft full of forrow when I'm glad a ; 


Gen. xxxii. 24, 25. And Jacob was left alone : and 
there wreftled a man with him until the breaking of the 
day. And when he faw that he prevailed not againft him, 
he touched the hollow of his thigh: and the hollow of Ja- 
cob's thigh was out of joint, as he wreftled with him. 

v Pfal. exxxviii. 3. In the day when I cried, thou an- 
fweredft me : and ftrengthenedft me with itrength in my 
foul. Gen. xviii. 32, 33. And he faid, Oh let not the 
4-ord be angry, and I will fpeak but this once : Perad- 
venture ten fhall be found there. And the Lord went 
pis way, as foon as he had left communing with Abra- 
ham : And Abraham returned unto his place. 

tp Pfal. lxiii. 2. My flefli longeth to fee thy power and 
thy glory, fo as I have feen thee in the anctuary. And 
xxvii. 4. One thing have I defired of the Lord, that will 
I feek after, that I may dwell in the houfe of the Lord 
all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, 
and to enquire in his temple. 

x Rev. i. 17. And when I faw him, I fell at his feet 
as dead : and he laid his right hand upon me, faying un- 
to me, Fear not ; I am the firft, and the lafb 

V Song ii. 4, 5. Ke brought me into the banqueting- 
hou'e, and his banner over me was love. Stay me with 
flagons, comfort me with apples : for I am fick of love. 

z 1 Cor. vii. 13. For godly forrow worketh repentance 
unto falvation not to be repented of. Eccl. vii. 3. Sorrow 
U better than laughter ; for by the fadnefs cf the counte- 
nance the heart is made better. 

a Prov. xvi. 13. Even in laughter the heart is forrow 
ful: and the end of that mirth is heavinefs. 

iSS Gosrr.L Sonnets. 

[oft precious when I'm moft vile b, 

And mod at home when in exile c. 



My bife : I honourable birrh 
Excites my mourning ?.nd my mirth 

b Job xl. 4. Behold, I am vile, what Ihatl I an.Ver 
thee? I v; ill la; e hand upon my mouth. Chap. xlii. 

5, 6. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but 
now mine eye leeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myfelf, and 
repent in dnft ?.nd afhes. Jer. sxxi. 18, 19, 2D. I have 
furely heard Ephraim bemoaning himfelf thus, Thou baft 
chaltifed me, and I was chaftifed, as a bullock unaccuf- 
tomed to the yoke : turn thou me, and I mall be turned ; 
for thou art the Lord my God. Surely after that I Ifas 
turned, I reper/cco: and after that I v. as inftrucled, I 
(mote upon my thigh 1 I was afnamed, yea, even confound- 
ed, becaufe I did bear the reproach cf my youth. Is E- 
phratm my dear fon ? Is he a pleasant child: for fnce I 
{pake againft him. I do earnestly lemember him ft: 
th£r*#bre my bowels are troubled for him ; I will rarely 
have mercy upon him : faith the Lord. 

c Ezck. i. 1. Not it came to pais in the thin year, 

in fte fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, (as I 
was among the captive" by the river of CI I, that tne 

heavens were opened, and I lav vifions cf Go r \. Rev. i. 
to. I John, whoalfoam your brother and companion 
in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Je- 
fus C i , was in the i 2 that is railed Patmos, for the 
\ of God, and for the fcefHmbny of Jems Chriit. I 

Vi in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me 
a £reat voice, as of a trumpet. &re. John xvi. 32. Be- 

»Id, the hour eometh, yea, is now come, that ye fhall 
ue fcattered every man to hi 5 own, ana - me 

alone : and yet I am not alone, ufe K:e Father i: 

-vita me. 

d Ezek. xv i. 3, £ Tfcns t e Lord G nto Te- 

nrfalem, Thy birth and thy nativ : of the land of Ca- 

naan ; thy father was an Amorlte, and thy . er an 
Hittite. And as for thy nativity in the day that thou 

alt born, thy navel was not cut, neither wall thoa wafh- 

I in water to Ripple thee: thon waft not fried at all, 
noriv.a at all" J^'-m i. 13. Which was^wrti not of 

Dod, nor of the will of the Mem, nor of t ill of ma 

SeSt. l\ 


?g JJu'fover'j Riddle* 


I'm poor, yet itock'd with untold rent e ; 

Mult weak, and yet omnipotent/! 

On earth there's none ib great and high g, 

Nor yet lb low and mean £9 I .6; 

None or fo fopiiih /, or fo wife t ; 

So often fall, fo often rife /. 

but of* God. — Pfal. li. 5. Behold, I was fhapen in iniquity: 
and in fin did my mother conceive me. 2 Pet. L 3. Blef- 
icd be the God and Father of our Lord jefus Chrifc, which 
according; to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again 
unto a lively hope, by the rcfurredion of Jefus Chrift 
from the dead. 

c- Rev. Hi. 17. Becaufe thou fayeft, I am rich, and in- 
crea r ed with goods, and have need of nothing ; and 
knoweft not that thou art wretched, and miferable, and 
poor, and blind, and naked. I counfel thee to buy or" 
me gold tried in the lire, that thou mayeit be rich; ai 
white raiment, that thou mayefibe clothed, and that'the 
fhame of thy nakednefs do not appear; and anoint thine 
eves with eye-falve, that thou mayeft lee. Eph. iii. 8. 
Unto me who am left than the leafr. of all faints, is this 
grace given, that I fhould preach among the Gentiles the 
unfearchable riches of Chrift. 

/ John Xv'. 5. Without me ye can do nothing. Phil* 
iv. 13. 1 can do all things, through Chrift that ftrengthen- 
eth me. 

g Pfai. xvi. 3. But to the flints that'are in the earth, 
and tu the excellent in whom is all my delight. I:a. xliii. 
4- Since thou waft precious in my light, then haft been 
honourable, and I have loved thee : therefore will I gi\ e 
men i r ov thee, and people for thy life. 

/; Eph. iii. S. See letter e. I Tim. i. 15. This is a 
faithful faying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Chrift 
Jefus came into the world to lave finhers ; of whom I am 

/ Pfal. Ixxiii. 22. So foolifh was I, and ignorant: I was 
as a beair before thee, fcrov. kxx. a, '3. Surely I am 
more brutifu than any man, and have not the underftfend- 
ing of a man. I neither learned wifdera, nor have the 
knowledge of the holv. 

S 1 C.:. :. 3-). But o£ him are ye in Chrift Jefus, who 
of God is made ante v.z m-i.-k*. JVIatth. :•;:. 25, ?/j. 

190 Gospel Sonnets. Par: III- 

I feeing him I never faw ;;*, 
Serve without fear, and yet with awe ;;. 
Though love, when perfect, tear remove ; 
Yet molt I tear when molt 1 love p. 

All things are lawful unto me q> 
Yet many things unlawful be r ; 

At that time Jefus anfwered and faid, I thank thee, O 
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, becaufe thou haft 
hid thefe things from the wife and prudent, and baft re- 
vealed them unto babes. Even fo, Father, for fo it feem- 
ed good in thy fight. Chap. xiii. n. Jefus anfwered and 
faid unto them, Becaufe it is given unto you to know the 
myfteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is 
not given. 

/ Prov. xxiv. 16. A juft man falleth feven times, and 
rifeth up again. 

m 1 Pet. i. 8. Whom having not feen, ye love; in 

whom tho' now ye fee him not, yet believing, ye rejoice 

with joy unfpeakable aid full of glory. Heb. xi. 1. Now 

faith is the fnbltance of things hoped £o: y the evidence 

p£ things not feen. 

. n Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto us,' that we bc- 
iug delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might ierve 
him without fear. Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore we receivi 
a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, 
whereby we may ferve God acceptably, with reverence 
and p;odlv fea r. 

i Jonn iv. iS. There is no fear in love ; but perfect 
love £aibeth out fear, becaufe fear hath torment: he 
that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

p Jer. xxxiii. 9. And it fhall be to me a name and joy, 
a praise and an honour before all the nations of the eartl^ 
which iliall hear all the good that 1 do unto them; and 
they fhall fear and tremble for all the goodnefs, and for 
all the prosperity that I procure unto it. Hof. iii. 5. Af- 
terwards iliall the children of Ifrael return, and feeh the 
Lord their God, and David their king, and fhall fear the 
Lord, and his goodnefs in the latter day:. 

q 1 Cor. vi. 12. All things are lawful unto me, but all 
things are not expedient: all things arc lawful fur me, 
but I will not be brought under' the power of an v. 

r Exod. xx. 1, 2, 3, Sec. And God fpahe all thefj word-. 

Se#. IV. The Believer's RUJh. !<>r 

To fome I perfect hatred beary^ 
Yet keep the lav/ of love entire s : 

I'm bound to love my friends t> but yer 

I fin unlefi I do them hate u : 

I am oblig'd to hate my foes v, 

Yet bound to love and pray for thofe at/. 

Heart-love to men I'm call'd to impart, 
Yet God ftill calls for all my heart x\ 
faying, I am the Lord thy God v/hich have brought thee 
out of the land of Egypt, out of the houfe of bondage. 
Thou fhalt have no other gods before me, &c. 

/ Pfal. exxxix. 21, 22. Do not I hate them, O Lord, 

at hate thee ? and am not I grieved with thofe that rife 
up againfr, thee \ I hate them with perfect hatred : I count 
them mine enemies. 

s 2 Chron. xix. 2. And Jehu the fon of Hanani the feer, 
went out to meet him, and faid to king Jehofhaphat, 
Shouldeft thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate 
the Lord ? therefore is wrath come upon thee from before 
the Lord. 

t Lev. xix. 1 8. Thou fhalt not avenge, nor bear any 
grudge, agninlt, the children of thy people, but thou fhalt 
love thy neighbour as thvfelf : I am the Lord thy God. 

it Luke xiv. 26. If any man come to me, and hate not 
his father, and motherland wife, and children, and bre- 
thren, and lifters,, yea, and his ovvn life alfo, he cannot 
be my difciple. 

v As thei arc the foes of God, Jadg. v. 31. So let all 
thine enemies pe'rifli, O Lord ; but let them that love 
him, be as the fun when he goeth forth in his might. Pfal. 
xvii. 13, 14. Ailfe, O Lord, difappoint him, caft him 
down: deliver m/ foul from the wicked, v/hich is thy 
fword; from men which are thy hand, O Lord, from 
^nen of the world, which have their portion in this life, 
and v/hofe belly thou fUleft with thy hid treafure: they 
are full of children, and leave the reft cf tiicir fubftauce' 
to their babes. 

id Matth. v. 44- But I fay unto you, love your ene- 
mies, blefs them that curfe you, do good to tnem that 
hate you, and pray for them which defpitefully ufe your 
and perfecute you. 

x Matth. xix. 19. jfeiTu? faid unto him, Thou flialt love 

39- Gospsl Sonnets. P#irx III. 

1 do him and his fervice both 

By nature love/, by nature kit he 2, 

S E C T. V. 

Myfteries about fleih and fpirit, liberty and bondage, 
life and death. 

M U C H like my heart both falfe and true a, 
I inve a nan:e both old and new b. 

thy neighbour as thyfelf. Chap. xxii. 37. Thou (halt love 
the Lord thv God wit-: all thy heart, and with all thy 
foul, and with all thy mini. 

y 1 John v. 2. By this we know that we love the chil- 
dren of God, when we love God and keep hb command- 

z?._orn. viii. 7. The carnal mind is enmity againft Cod : 
f or it is not: iuhjeJt to the law of God, neither indeed 
can be. Col. i. 21. And >ou that were lemstimes alien- 
ated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet 
now hath he reconciled. 

a Jer. xvii. 9. The heart is deceitful above all things 
and defperately wicked, who con know it? Heb. x. 2'2. 
Let us draw near with a true heart, in full ce of 

faith, having our hearts fprinkled from an evil con- 
science, and oar bodies wafhed with pure water. 

b Rom. ix. 25, 26. And he faith alfo in Ofee, I will 
Call them my people, which were not my people : and her, 
beloved, which was not my beloved. And it lhall come 
to pais, that in the place where it was faid unto them, 
Ye are not my people ; there mall they be called, The 
children oi' the living God. Rev- ::. 17. He that hath an 
ear, let him hear what the Spirit faith unto the church- 
es. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of th« 
hidden marina, and will give him a white ftone, and in 
the fcone a new name written, which no man knowcth, 
faying he that receiveth it. Chan, ill- 12. Htm chat o- 
vercometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, 
and he lhall go no more out : and will write upon him 
the name of my God, and the name of the city of my 
Cod, yrhich is New Jerusalem, which eoraeth down out 

Sert. V. the Btlicver's RiMk\ 

No new thing is beneath the fin c \ 
Yet all is new, aVid old things crone a. 

Though in my flefli dwells no good thir 

r. Chrift in n)e I joyful (in^ /"- 
Sin I qoftfefsj and I der-.y : 
V or Uiongli I (rti it is not I £i 

cm from my God, and I will write upon him my 
" natn 

i Eccl. i. 9. The thin it hath been, it is that wjiich 
\\\ be : and that which is done,, is that which iliaU be 
me : and there is no new thing under the fun. 
d 2 (".or. v. 17. If any man be in Chrift he is a new 
ore : old things are | I away, behold all thh, 
•me ikew. Rev. xki. 5. And lie that fat upon the 
throne, laid, Behold, I make all things re - . 

e Rom. vii. 18. Fori, know, that in me (:nat is, in : 
ilefh) ch '.1 no good thing: for to will i> pre ent ' 

me, fa to perforin that which is good, I find rot. 

/.Col. i. 27. .To whom God weriki make known what 
is the riches oi' the glory of this myderv among the (3s n- 
tile -, which is Ghriit in you ope of glory* 

g Rom. vii. 14 — 23. For we ktiOW that the law i 
ritual; but i am carnal, fold under fin. For that which 
la, I allow not :. to it I would, that $0 1 no^ ; V^w: 

at I hate that do I. If then I do that h I woul 

■ot, I confent unt • r ' it it is d». Inow then, 

it is nc more I . *; fin that dwelleth in m:, 

r ■;• I k; , ( :hat is,. in my flefli) clwelle:h n :> 

go, Lug: for to I is pre Pent .with me, but hr.v to 

t which i; good, I fuvi not. For the good 
* it 3 Id, I da rot; but the evil winch I would not, 

■ Now, if I do I whvi ■ not, it i" no mote I 

\i do it, bat fin that dwelleth in inc. ; John ill. 9. Who- 
jver is bom ot God, doth nor commit fin ( for Ms feed 
h in he cannot fin, becauie he is bo 



i<?4 Gospel Sonnets. Tart III, 

I fin againft, and with rny will h ; 
I'm innocent, yet guilry ftill /. 
Though fain x'd be the greateft faint k } 
To be the leaft I'd be content A 

My lownefs may my height evince m, 

I'm both a beggar and a prince n. 

h PwOin. vii. 21 — 25. I find then a law, that when I 
would do good evil is prefent with me. For I delight in 
the law of God, after the inward man. But 1 fee ano- 
ther law in my members, warring againft the law of my 
mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of fin, 
which is in my members. O wretched man that I am, 
who fhall deliver me from the body of this death ! I 
thank God, through Jefus Chrift our Lord. So then, with 
the mind I myielf ferve the law of God, but with the 
iiefh the law of fin. 

/ I-'ial. ::ix. 13. Keep back thy fervanf alfo from pre- 
fumptuous fins, let them not have dominion over me ; then 
ihali I be upright, and I fhall be innocent from the great 
tranfgrejSibn. And cxx. 3. If thou, Lord, fhculdfi: mark 
iniquitie; i O Lord, who fhall ftand? 

k Pfal. xxvii. 4. One thing have I defired of the Lord, 
that will I feek after, that I may dwell in the houfe of 
the Lord all the davs of mv life: to behold the beauty of 
the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. 

/ Pfal. lxxxiv. 10. For a day in thy courts is better 
than a thousand : I had rather be a door-keeper in the 
hcu:e of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickednefs. 

m Job v. 11. To let up on high thofe that be low ; fch'at 
tnbie which mourn may be exalted to fafety. 

n 1 Sam. ii. 8. The Lord raileth up the peer out 
the croft, and tifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to 
let them among princes, and to make them inherit t.:e 
throne of fflorv : for the Dillars of the earth are the Love' 
and he hath let the world uoon them. Gefl. xxxii. 20. 


And the angel faid, Thy name fhall be called no more 
Jacob, but Ifrael; for as a prince thou haft power with God 
and with men, and haft prevailed: Rev. i- 5, 6. Unto 
him that loved us, and warned us from our iins in his 
own blood, and hath made us kings and priefts unto God 
and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever 
and ever. Amen. 

Seft. V. 

The Bell 

'?r s 


i 9 * 

With meanefi: &ikje6fc I appears, 
With kings a royal (ceptre bear p. 

I'm both unfc-trerM and invo!/d q. 
By law condemned, by law abfolv'd ;\ 
My g'Jiit condignly pnnilh'd fee, 
Yet I the guilty vvretch'd go free ;. 

My gaiu did by my lofs begin /; 

My righteoufne's cummenc'd by fin u ; 

c Phil. ii. 10. That at the name of Jefus every kne? 
fnould bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and 
things under the earth. Heb. i. 6. And again when he 
bringeth in the firft-begotten into the world, he faith, And 
let all the angels of God worfnip him. 

p Rev. ii. 26, 27. And he that overcometh, and kesp- 
eth my works unto the end, to him will I give power o- 
ver the nations : (and he fhall rule them as with a rod of 
iron; as the vefTels of a potter mall they be broken to 
fhivefL) even as I received of my Father. 

q Pfal. cxvi. 16. Oh Lord, truly I am thy fervant, I 
am thy fervant, and the fen of thy handmaid : thou haft 

Died my bonds. Rom. vii. 23. But I fee another law in 
my members warring againft the law of my mind, and 
bringing me into captivity to the law of fin, which is in 
my members. 

r 1 John iii. 2 3. For if our heart condemn us, God is 
greater than our heart, and knoweth all thing". Rom 
viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them 
which are Chrift Jefus, who walk not after the fiefti, but 
after the Spirit, v. 33, 34. Who fhall lay any thing to 
the charge of God's elect? It is God that juftineth: who 
is he that condemneth? It is Chrift that died, yea, ra- 
ther that is rifen again, who is even at the right hand of 
God, who alfo maketh intercefTion for us. 

s Gal. iii. 13. Chrift hath redeemed us from the curfe 
of the law, being made a curfe for us : for it is written, 
Curied is every one that hangeth on a tree. 

t Rom. iii. 23, 24. For ail have finned and come fhort 
of the glory of God: beipg juitified freely by his grace, 
through the redemption that is Jefus Chriit. 

Rom. iii. 5. But if our unrighteoufnefs commend 


I96 Gospel Sonnets. Parr I: 

My perfect peace by bloody (Irife v ; 
Life is my death, and death my life iv. 

I'm (in this prefent life I know) 

A captive and a freeman too x ; 

And though my death can't fet me frce > 

It will perfpd my liberty j, 

1 am not worth cne dully grain, 
Yet more than woilds of golden gain ; 
Though worthlefs I myfelf endite, 
Yet (hall as worthy walk in white ; 

the righfceeufnsfs of. God, what fhall we fay: Chap. v. 
$3, 2.. But where (in abounded, grace did much more 
abound ; that as fin hath reigned unto death, even To 
Slight grac^ rekn through righteouihei's, unto eternal 
life, b^* Jems Cfcrift our Lord. 

7. Col. i. 20. And (having m?.de peace through the 
blooo b£ his erofs) by him to reconcile all thing i unto 
Hmfelf. by him, I fayj whether they be things in c«;rth| 
£r things m heaven. 

-jj The iifjs. cf fivi :s cur d:\ith. 1 Tim. v. 6. But Ihe that 
ilveth hi plea-me is dead while ihe Ijveth. The death of 
Qbri .-.:• !';:. 1 Cor. v. 14, 15. For the love! of Chritr, 
toniha:nci:ii us, becauie we thus judge, than i( one d;. 
for all, then were all dead : and that he died for all, that 
incy yl .ive, mould not henceforth live unco them- 

selves, but uutp him vhich d^cd for then*, and rofe a^ain 
5i x Rom. vii 23. See letter 7. Chap. viii. -. For the 
Jaw of the Spirit of life, in Chrift Jefus, hath made me 
tree from the law of fin and dea:h 

■ Johnviii. 30 If the Son therefore fa ill make you free, 
ye ihaii be free indeed. Rev. xiy. i ;. AnJ I heard a voice 
irony' heaven, laying unto frie, n\' r ire, BlefTed are the dad 
which die in the Lord, from henceforth: Yea, faith the 
£p'r : .:, that they may reft from* their labour^ and their 
work's do follow them. 2 Cor v. e. For ve that are in 
his tabernacle do groan, being burdened '1 noc for that 
ye would be unclothed, bet clothed upon, that mortality 
might be fwal lowed of life. 

^ Gen. xxxii. ic. lam not worthy ot the leait of all 
thy mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hail (hewe I 
unto thyfervanc; for with my iUn~ I palled over this Jpr* 

■ ■ • -A 

Sect. VI. Ths Bsltever's RiJMs. 



The Myftery of free juftification through Christ's o- 
bedience and fatisfaition. 

N O creature ever conld or will 
For fin yield fctisfo&ion full a ; 
Yet juHice from the creature's hand 
Both fought and got its full demand b. 

Hence though I am, and well I know, 
A debtor c y vet 1 nothiop owe d. 

dan, and now I am become two bands- Rev. iii. 4. Thou 
hart a few names even in Sard is, which have nor defiled 
their garments; and they lh.iil walk with me in white ; 
for they are worthy. 

a Pfal. xlix. 8. For the redemption of their foul is pre- 
cious, and it ceafeth for ever. Ifa. xl. 16. And Lebanon 
is not fufficient to burn, nor all the hearts thereof for a 
burnt -offering. 

h Pfal. xl. 6. Sicrifice and offering thou didrt not defire, 
mine ears thou bait opened ; burnt-ottering and fin-orter- 
; h.ifr thou not required. Hcb- x :, 6, 7. Vv here fore, 
when he Cometh into the world, he faith, Sacrifice and ot- 
tering thou wonMeft not, but a bady haft th^u prepared 
tor me ; in but nc -offerings and facrifices for fin thou halt 
had no pleafiire : Then fa id f, Lo, I come (in rhe volume 
of thy book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God. v. 2. Chrirt hath loved us, and hath given himfelf 
for us, an ollering and a facriSee ro God for a fweet-fmel- 
img favour. 

c Match, vi. 12. And fo r give us our debts, as we for- 
give our debtors. 

d Rom. iii. 2.1, 2^. Being jurtined freely by his grace, 
through the redemption that is in Jcfus Chrirt: whom God 
hath fet forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his 
blood, to declare his righteoufnefs for the remiffion of 
/ins that are part, through the forbearance of God- Heb. 
x. 14. For by one offering he hath peifcclcd fov ever them 
that arefaactified. 

K 2 

xpB Gospel Sonnets, fart III- 


My creditor has nought to fay v } 
Yet never had \ augrtf to pay/,. 

He freely pardon'd ev'r.y nVne g } 
Yet would no (ingle farthing quit L 
Hence ev'ry blifs that falls to me 
Is dearly bought, yet wholly free ;'. 

All pardon that I needi have, 
Yet daftly pardon need to crave k. 

e Rem. viii. 3?^ 74. ^Vho (hall lay any thing to 
charge of God's ele& ? It is God that juftifleth , wiio ._ 
lie that condemneth ? It is Chiiitthaq died, yea rachei., 
chat is rifen ai^ain, who is even at the right hand or God, 
who alfo maketh interceffion for us. 

/ Rom. v. 6. Eor when we were yet without ftrejrigth, in 
due time Cnrift died for the urigpeijy. ' 1/. $. But God com- 
jnchdeth his love to us, ia that while Ve were yet firtneVs, 
Chrift died rot us. 

p Ads x;ii. 38, jq. Be it known unto vou therefore, men 
and brethren, that through this man is preached unto 
you the fo'r£ivene*fs or* hns : and by him all that believe 
iire juiijfied from all things, from which ye coliid not be; 
)iif|ified by the la\/ of JVlofes. 

b Rqm.iii. 24, 25. See letter d. Chap, viii 2?.. He 
fpared not his own Son, but delivered him tip for us a 
1 Viz. i. 'iS, in. For as. much as ye know ; 

your fathers i but with toe pre< 
us of a Lamb without: blemilh and without fp< 
I. 7. In whom we have redemption c,hrpukh h,s blood., 
the for^ivenefs of fins^ according ro the ii rf< :s of ! 
grace. 2 Tim. i. c. Who hath Faved us, and caJL 1 
with an holy calling, not accarcUug to our works, i 
according to* his own purpofe arid ^race which was giv . 
us in Chriit Jefus before the world began. 

k Pfai. ciii. 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities. ; wlp 
healeth all thy difeafes. Ar.d :<:;v. 11 For thy name's lake, 
O Lord, pardon mine iniquity , for it is very {;,<;» t. Luke 
xi. 4. And forgive us our fins > for we alfo forgive every 
one that is indebted to us. 1 Dan. ix. 10. O Lord, hear* 
O Lord, forsives Lordj tbarkeo 3 n .a do ,5 defer not fp? 

. ■■■ - 1, ; • ■'«-• - 

VI. tr't A;. 

The law's arreft ps me in awe /, 
Lut yet 'gainA me there is no law m. 

Though truth my jufi: damnation crave n, 

ct truth's eng^g'jd my L"^ul to {'aye <?. 
My whole falvatiun ccmes by this, 
[ ur truth and mercy's mutual kifs p, 

Lau '• erg ne'er lis cu'i it* \>? r vt miiVd ; 

>u« 1 ne'ei kept ir, am blefVd . 


line own fake, O f my God j tor thy city and thy people 

thy name. 

/ Pfal. t\ix. 120 My flcih trembleth for fear or thee, 

and I am at 1 aid oF thy judgments. Rem. rii. 1 • I vni 

re without the law once :. but when tlic coinmaodoienc 

:.imc, ii 1 revived, a»ld I died. f. 1^ Was then ch^c which 

,^»v)d matit death unco me ! God* fork) id Riic lin, that 

it mighr appeal im, working death w me by that which is 

good ; that fin by the commandment migfec become c S 

peeding finful. 

m Gal v. z%. The fimcof the Spine is — rneeV.ncfs, tem- 
perance, u^ainfh fuch there is n.) law. 1 Tim. i. 9. Kj\q\ • 
mg this, th ic the iaw is nor made foi a i. ^t|oi)S man, b . 
Icis, and c' nc, 6c c. 

n hzek. xviii. 3. The foul that Gnnetb, it (hall die. 
1 Tin. i. 15. This is a faithful faying, and worthy of 
all acceptation, thai Chri ir Jefus crime into the world 

/e finners ; of Wnom I am chief. 
•/> iTal lxxx/. ij. Mercy and truth are met together, i 
Ui(jhteoui ie(s and peace have killed each other 

c/ Gal. in. 10. As many as are of the works or the law 
■• r °uiui( : h»r it is written, Cjiled is everyone 

that, not in aii things which are written in I 

>k of w rq cJq them- *>. 1^*4- Chiilr, hath redeem- 

ed us from the curfc of the law, being made a cuvfe (<$ 
us; for it i? written, Cmied is every one that hang 
on a tree: that the plefiing of Abraham might cpme op 
£he # Gercil_es through iefus Chi ill ; that \j ;ht recej 

: the ' . through faith* 

zoo GospEt Sonnets. Part HI. 

I can't be juftify'd by it r, 
And yet it can't but me acquit/. 

I'm not oblig'd to keep it more /, 
Yet more oblig'd than e'er before /* 

r Rorn. iii. 20. Therefore by the deeds of the lav/, there 
£iall no flefh be juftified in his fight : for by the law is the 
knowledge of fin. Gal. ii. iS. Knowing that a man is 
not juftified by the works of the law, but by the faith or 
Jefus Chrift, even we have believed in Jefus Chrift ; that 
we might be juftfiied by the Faith of Chi ift, and not by the 
works of rhe law; lor by the works of the law mall no 
fjefh be juftified. Chap. iii. 11. But that no man is jufti- 
fied by the law in the fight of God, it is evident : for, the 
juft lhall live by faith. 

/Rom. viii. r. There is therefore now no condemna- 
tion to them which are in Chrift Jefus. -v. 3. 4. For what 
the law could not do, in that it was weak through the fleih, 
God did, fending his own Son, in the likenefs of finful flelh, 
and for fin condemned fin in the fleih j that the ri&hreouf- 
nsfs of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after 
the flefh, but after the Spirit. 2 Cor. v. 21 For he hath 
made him to be fin for us, who knew no fin y that we might 
be made the righteoufnefs of God in him. Rom. iii 26. 
To declare, I fay, at this time his righteoufnefs -> that he 
might be jufc, and the juftifier of him which beiieveth in 

5 vi» 14. Sin mall not have dominion over yon : 
for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Gal- y. 
1 — 4. Stand fait therefore in the liberty wherewith Chrift 
hath made us free, and be not entah<?led a«ain with the 
yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul fay unto you, thas ir yc 
be circumcifed, Chrit /hall profit you nothing. For I teiti- 
fv again to every man that is circumcifed, that he js a 
debtor to do the whole law. Chrift is become of no efiec"i 
unto you, whofoever of you are juftified by the law , ye are 
fallen from grace. 

t Rom. vi. 1, 2. What mill we fay then? Hull we con- 
tinue in fin, that grace may abound ? God forbid : how 
fhall we that are dead to Cin^ live any longer therein ? •». 
15. What then? ilia 11 we fin, becaufe we are not under the 
law, but under grace ? God forbid. 

Sect. Vi. ¥h JVSrs laddie. i. 

By | erfe& d lite I find t/, 

p nnd /fw ho move me bind i 

Titefe terms dj rgo, 

Yer fwectly cbaflg'd they -re yi: tof lo, 
Jsly </*/?£ caus'd my life y, bu: 
My ///J'/ the iaa,c ihaj m \u mo t& >. 

Though \\ crk- of righteoufnefs I (tore r. 

Yet rjghteoufnefs oi works abhor a ; 


u Rom. v i-, if, iq. They which receive abundance 

grace, and of the f;ift of righieoufneU, iliall reigw m 

life by one, elu> Chriii — Bv the riglgeoufnefs of or.L, 

the hee^if: came upon all men antq juitifisatiofi of lire. — 

Sy the obedience of oneihall man)' be mayi<: righteous. 

'■ Rom. x. 5— c. Fo: Mofes defcrjbe&h the nghtecufnefs 
which is of the law, That the man which dorh thofe things, 
lhali live b> the. m. But the righteoufnefs which is or faun. 
fpeaketh on this wife, Say not in thine heart, Who 
ihnll afcend into heaven ? (that is, to bring CbiiU down 
from above) j or, who lhall defcend into the deep ? (that 
is, to bring up Chi ill again fraxn tj *ad): but vh 
faith it? The word is nigh ;. . . u in thy n touch, anji 

thy he-r: ; tha. is the ygrd < th which we | h, 

Tjiat if .... 1 ;.,.;. co I ~is wkh thy r/cuth the Loid Jclu-,, 
and ihak b • in chine heart, that Gcd hath raifedluip 

ire: ^d, fho.u (half ... favi 

Rom, i 1. D'» vc tLn • yoiJ tht U\J through 

fa. pod forbid 3 j»$a, vc eiubinh the law. 

. \. . S^ U tta r « . 
• John jciv. 19. Becaufe I live, \e i Vi s 1 1 live alfo. Chaj 
xv. I 3 m cJ k, ye are the branches*, be- that abideth 

i" ni< ! I in him, :ke fame brij . rr.ajh fruit; ; 

o no: \ 11. . , \\ .. • 6/ 

fore, my 1, . . are become dead to t \v 1} 

the body f C. e fho. b< . . 

pven to 1.; td from the dcad^ that we Ihould 

ringfoitb u.rrc p.;: xxxvi. 2;- And I viU 

put my Spirit within yen. r.nci caufe yc :k in my ftft- 

:es, ai ill ke< .:us, a: Q do them. 

• ••mI: d with the frgitsof rightepuf- 

°efs, which .aif bji-jefus Chrj . glory an4. p(«ii£| 

tf i ; - u --i- -- * ■ " - be found in him, r.or having mine 

202 Gospel Sonnets. Parr IU. 

For righteoufnefs without a flaw 
Is rightcou [hefs without the law I, 

In duties way I'm bound to lie c t 
Yet out of duties bound to fly d\ 
Hence merit I renounce with fhame e t 
Yet right to life by merit claim f. 

own righteoufnefs, which is of the law, but that which is 
through the faith of Chrifr, the righteoufnefs which is of 
God by faith. Ifa. Jxiv. 6. All our righteoufneflfes areas 
filthy rags. Rom. iv. 6. Even as David alfo defcribeth 
the blefTednefs of the man unto whom God imputeth righte- 
oufnefs without works. 

b Rom. iii. 20, 2r, 22. Therefore by the deeds of the 
law there fhall no rlem be juftified in his fight : for by the 
law is the knowledge of /in. But now the righteoufnefs of 
God without the law is manifefted, being witneflcd by the 
law and the prophets ; even the righteoufnefs of God 
which is by faith of Jefus Chrift unco all, and upon all 
them that believe ; for there is no difference. 

c Prov. viii. 34. Blelfed is the man that heareth me, 
watching daily at my gates, waiting at the pofts of my 

d Ifa. lvii. 12. I will declare thy righteoufnefs, and 
thy works, for they fhall not profit thee. Luke xvii. 10. 
When ye lhall have done all thofe things which are com- 
manded yeu, fay, We are unprofitable fervants : we have 
done that which was our duty to do. 

e Pfalm xvi. 2. O my foul, thou haft faid unto the Lord, 
Thou art my Lord 3 my goodnefs extendeth not to thee. 
Ezek. xxxvi. 31. Not for your fakes do I this, faith the 
Lord God, be it known unto you j be nfhaned ami con- 
founded for your own ways, O houfe of IfraeJ. 

/ Rom. v. j8, 19. By the righteoufnefs of or.c, the free 
gift came upon all men unto juftincation of life. By the 
obedience of one mail many be made righteous. Ifa xlv. 
2i, 25. Surely, (hall one fay, In the Lord have I righteoufr 
nefs and (trength : et*en to him fhall men come, and all 
that are incenfed againft him ifcall he alhamed. In the 
Lord ihall all the feed of Ifrael be juftified, and fnall glory. 

Sc#. Vi. 

The Believer's Riddle. 

Merit of perfect righteoufnefs 
1 never had g, yet never niifs^; 
On thii condition I have all/. 
Yet all is unconditional k. 

Though free ft mercy I implore !, 
Yet I am fafe on juitice' icore ;/;. 



g Rom. iii. o, ic. What then? are we better than they? 
No, in no wife : for ve have proved both ews and Gen- 
tilts, chat they are all under fin; as ic is written, There 
is none righteous, no not one. v, I:. Nowvekncw. that 
what things foever the law faith, it faith to them who are 
under the lav) that every mouth may be Hopped, and 
all the world may become guiliy before God. 

b i Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Chrift Jefus, who 
of God is made unto us — righteoufnefs. Ifa. xlv.24. See 
letter/. ] C r. xxiii. 6. In his days Judah mail be faved, and 
Ifrael ftall dwell fafely ; and this is his name whereby he 

/Ifa. xlii. 21. The Lord is well pleafed for his righte- 
oulnefs fake, he will magnify the law and make it honour- 
able. Match iii. 15; Thus it becometh us to fulfil all righ- 
teouinefs. v. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, faying, 
This is my beloved Son, in whom lam well pleafed. 

* Ifa. W. 1. Ho, every one that thirfteth, come ye to the 
waters, ar.d he that hach no money, come ye, buy and eat, 
yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money, and with- 
out price. Rev. xx':i. 17. Whofoever will, let him take the 
*ater of HU freely. 

' Plal. li. r. Have mercy upon mc, O God, according to 
thy loving kindnefs : according unro the multitude of thy 
tender mercies blot 01:: my tranfgreflions. 

rr. Rom. iii. 24, 2-, 26. Scir.g justified freely by his grace, 

through the redemption that is Jefus Chnfi: whom God 

hath let forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his 

blood, to declare his righteoufnefs for the remiflion of fins 

chat are pall, through the forbearance of God ; to declare, 

I hy, at this time his righteoufnefs : that he might be 

juft, and the juitifier of him which believeth in Jefus. 

I John 1.9. If we confefs our fins, he is faithful, andjufc 

to forgive oar fi::s, and to elri^fc, asfrora all unriditeouf- 



Gospel 3 o \h n E f ::. 

Pah lit. 

Which never could the guilty free n, 
Yet fully clears molt guiiiy me 6\ 


The niyftery of G5d the Juftifier, Rom. iii. 26. jufcinecl 
both in his jufUfyhig and condemning; ox* fdul| unifi- 
cation and ielf-condemnation. 

M Y Jefus needs not favfi d 7 yet irmift B ; 
He is my hope c, I am his trull d. 
He paid the double debt, well known 
To be aH mirie, yet all his o T -Vn e, 

n Bxod. xxxiv. 6, 7. And the LorJ paiTed by before him, 
and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, — chat will bf 
no means clear the guilty. 

Rom. iv. 5. To him chat worked) not, but belicvech 
on hirn that juitifieth the ungodly, his Faith is counted tot 

a liom, ix c. Chrilr. is over all, God blciled for ever. 

h John X. 16. And other fhecp 1 have, which are not of 
this fold: them alfo I muft bring, and they (hall hear my 
voice; and there iKall be one fold, and one ihepherd. t/. tS. 
No man taketh it [my life] from me, but I down 
of myleif : I have power to lay it down, and I have power- 
to take it again. This commandment have I received of 
my Father. Luke ii. ,10. And Jefus faid unto them [Jofeph 
and his mother], How is it that ye fought me ? wilt ye 
not that 1 mutt be about my Father's bulinefs. 

c Jer. xiv. 8. O the hope of Ifrael, the S.iviour thereof 
£h time of trouble, liz. Chap. xvii. 17 Be not a terror 
unto me, thou art my hope in the dsy of evil 1 Tim. i. 
t. Paul an apoftle oF Jefus Chrifv, by the commandment 
of God our Saviour, and the Loid jefus Chriii, which is 
our hope. 

d John xvii. 6. I have manifefted thy n^rr.e unto the 
men which thou gaveft me out of the world ; thine they 
were, and thou gave it them me. % Tim. i. ii- I know 
whom £ have believed ; and I am psrfuaded chat he i> able, 
co keep that which I have committed unto him a&ainft that 

Ifa. iiii, 4, 5, 6. Surely he bAt&'bome owr griefs \ zi 

Seel. VI. The Believer's Riddle. 2c; 

Hence, though I ne'er had more or lefi 
Of juftice pleafing rigbTeoufnefs/^ 
Yet here is one wrought to my hand, 
As full as juftice can demand g. 

By this. my Judge is more appeas'd 
Than e'er my tin his honour lcas'd h. 
Yea, juftice can't be plcas'd fo well 
By aU the torments borne in hell /'. 

carried our forrows r yet we did efteemhim ftricken, fmir- 
ten of God, and affli&ed. But he was wounded for our 
tranfgreffions, he was bruifed for cur iniquities : thechai- 
cifement of our peace was upon him, and with his (tripes 
we are healed. All we like iheep have gone aftray : we 
have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath 
laid on him the iniquity of us alt v.. %• For the tranfgrel- 
fion of my people was he ftricken. Heb. vii. 2. By fo 
much was jefus made a furety of a better teftament. 
f Rom- iii. <?, 10, 19. See letter* forecited. 
;rDan. ix. 24. Seventy weisks arc determined upon thy 
people, and upon thy hoty city, to finifii the tranfgreffion, 
and tn make an end of fins, and to make reconciliation for 
iniquity, and to bring in everlaiiing righteoufnefs, &j. 
Zech. xiii. 7. Awake, O fvord, rgainft my ihepherd, 
and acHinft the man thct is rr.v fellow, faith tke Lord of 
hofts : fmite the Shepherd, and the Iheep ihali be fcattered, 
and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. 

h Rom. v. 8 — 11. But God commendeth his love to- 
wards us, in that while we were finners, Chrift died for us. 
Much more then bsing now juftificd by his blood, we lhall 
be faved from wrath through him. For if when we were e- 
nemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Sori t 
much more being reconciled, we (hall be faved by his life. 
And not only fo, but we alfo joy in God, through our Lord 
Icfus Chrift, by whom we have now received the atone- 
ment. Hcb. ik. 14, How much more mail the blood of 
Chrift, who through the eternal Spirir, offered himfcif 
without (rot to God, purge your confeience from dead 
Works to Terve the living God ? 

i Heb. x. -, 6. Wherefore when he cometh into the 
world, he fu:H, Sacrifice and offering thou wonldft n >~, 
bur a body halt thou prepared for me: in burnt-effcrin^? 
and Sacrifices for fin :hou haft had no pleafure. i\ 14. ?»/ 

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Full fathfaclion here is Ftfcfe, 
As hell can never yield fo much k ; 
Though juftice therefore might me damn, 
Yet by more judice (avM I am /. 

Here ev'ry divine property 
Is to the.hi>heit let on high m ; 

one offering he hach perfected for ever them that are fan&i- 
fied. i/. 49. Of how much forer punilhment fuppofe ye, 
fhall he be chough: worthy, who hath trodden under foot 
the Son of God, and hath counted trie blood of the cove- 
nant, wherewith he was fan&ifled, an rnholy thing, and 
hath done defpite unco the Spirit of grace ? 

k Rom. v, it. See letcer h. Eph. v. 2. Chrift hath 
given himfeif for us, an offering and a facrifice to God for 
a fweet-fmelling favour. 1 Pec. i. 18, 19. Forafmuch as 
ye know thac ye were no: redeemed with corruptible things, 
as fllver and gold, from your vain converfation, received 
by tradition Pram your fathers; but wich che precious 
blood of Ch rift, as of a Lamb without blemilh and wichout 
fpot. Gal. iii. 13. Chrift hach redeemed us from the curfe 
of the law, being made a curfe for us. 

/ 1 Pet. iii. itf. Chrifl hath once fuffered for (Ins, the 
juft for the intuit, (thac he might bring us co God), being 
put co death in the fleih, but quickened by che Spirit. Rom. 
iii. 26. To declare, 1 fay, at this time his righteoufncfs j 
that he might be juit, and che juflifier of him which be- 
lievech in jefus. r John ii. z. And he is che propitiation 
for our fins ; and noc for ours only, but alfo for the fins of 
the whole world. Chap. iv. 10. Herein is love, not that 
we loved God, but that he loved us, and fent his Son to 
be the propiciation for our fins. 

■n Rom. iii. 25. horn God hath fet forth to be a 
propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his 
righteoufnefs for the remiflion of fins chat arepaft, through 
the forbearance of God. Pfal. lxxxv. 10. Mercy and truth 
are met together; righceoufnefs and peace have kitted 
each other. 2 Cor, v. 1^, 19. And all things are of God, 
who hath reconciled us to himfeif by jefus Chrift, and 
hath given to us the miniftry of reconciliation j to wit, 
thac God, was in Chrift, reconciling the world unto 
himfeif, not imputing their trefpaffes \xmo them ; and 

Sccl. VII. The Believer'* Riddle i 

Hence God his glory would injure, 
If my falvaudn were not lure n. 

Mv peace and fafety lie in this, 
My Creditor my Sarety is c y 
The judgment-day 1 dread the lefs, 
My Judge is made my nghteotlfnefs jft 

He paid cut far a bankrupt crew 
The debt that to himfelf was due j 
And fatisfy'd hi'mftlf for me, 
When he did juftice fathfy q. 


hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. «»•. it. 
For he hath made him to be fin for us, v ho knew no fin j 
that we mii;lu be made the righteoufnefs of God in him. 
Luke ii. 14. Glory to God in the higheft, and on earth 
peace, good-will towards men. 

n Iia xliv. 13. Sing, O ye heavens \ for the Lord hath 
done it: lhout, ye lower parts of the earth; break foith 
into finging, ye mountains, O foreit, and every tree there- 
in ; for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified him- 
felf in Ifrael. Eph. i. 6. To the piaife of the glory of his 
grace, wheiein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 
« -> 12. That we ihould be to the praife of his glory who 
fi;ft trufted in Chiifi:. 

Pfal. cxix. T22. Be furety for thy fervant for good; 
let not the proud opprefs me. Heb. vii. 22. By fo much 
was Jefus made a furety of a better teftamenc 

p 1 Cor. i. :o. But of him are ye in Chi itt Jefus, who 
of God, is made unto us — righteoufnefs Chap. xv. $5* 
56, 57. O death where is thy iting ? O grave, where is thy 
vi&ory? The iting of death is fin > and the ltrength of 
fin is the law: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the 
victory, through our Lord tfus Chi ill . 

o Zech. Niii. 7. See Utter g. Rom. ix 5. Chrift is o- 
ver ?M, God bleifed for ever. Phil iii. 6, 7, 8. C he lit 
Ufus being in the form of God, though': it no robbery to 
be equal with God : but made himfelf of no reputation, 
-..J took upon him the form of a fervant, and was made 
i.r the likenefs oi' men: and being round in faftrion as a 
jnaa, he humbled himfelf, and became obedient unto 
death, tYeu i;*c death of the crofs, 

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He to the law, though Lord of it, 
Did moft obediently fubmit r. 
What he ne'er broke, and yet muft die, 
I never kept, yet live muft I f. 

The law, which him its keeper killM, 
In me its breaker is fulfiil'd s ; 
Yea magnify'd and honour'd more 
Than fin defac'd it e'er before /. 

Hence though the law condemn at large, 
It can lay nothing to my charge u ; 

r Ibid. Gal. iv. 4, 5. But when the fulnefs of the time 
was come, God fent forth his Son made of a woman, made 
under die law, to redeem them that were under the law, 
that we might receive the adoption cf fons. 

/ 1 Pet. iii. 18. See letter.. 2 Cor. v. 21. See letter w. 
1 John iv. 9. In this was manifested the love of God to- 
wards us, becaufe that God fer.t his only begotten Son in- 
to the world, that we might live through him. 

s Rom. viii. 3, 4. For what the law could not do, in 
that it was weak through the fleih, God Tending his own 
Son, in the likenefs of finful fleih, and for fin condemn- 
ed fin in the flelh j that the righteonfnefs of the law might 
be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the fleih, but after 
the Spirit. 

t Ifa. xlii. 21. The Lord is well pleafed for his righte- 
oufneisfake; he will magnify the law, and make it hon- 
ourable. Rom. v. iS — 2i. Therefore as by the offence of 
one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation : even 
fo by the righieoufnefs of one, the free gift came upon 
all men unto juiiiflcation of life. For, as by man's difo- 
bedience many were made finners : fo by the obedience 
ofoneihall many be made righteous. Moreover, the la* 
entered, that the offence might abound j but where fin a- 
bounded, grace did much more abound: that as fin hath 
reigned unto death, even fo might grace reign through 
rightcoufnefs unco eternal life, by [efus Chriit our Lord.' 
u Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore no v no condemnation 
to them which are in Chrift Jefus. a/. 3, 4. See letter . 
if* ;;, 34. Who mall lay any thing to the charge of God's 
eleel? It is God that juftifieth; who is he that Condemn- 
ed? I: is CRrlfttfcat died, ye* rather, that is rifen a- 

SeQ. VII, The BelUvrrs Riddle. 209 

Nor fin 11 fuch ground to challenge me, 
As Heaven hath found to juftify t j . 

But though he freely me remit, 

I never can myfelf acquit at/. 

My Judge condemns me not, I grant 5 

Yet juftify myfelf I can't x. 

From him I have a pardon got, 
But ye: myfelf I pardon not y. 
His rich forp-ivenefs ftill I have, 
et never can myfelf forgive z. 

The more he's toward me appeas'd, 
The more I'm with myfelf difpleas'd a. 

gain, who is even at the right hand of God, who alfo mak* 
eth intercefTion for us. 

t/Jobxxxiii 14. Then he is gracious unto him, and faith, 
Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found z 
ranfom. Rom. iii. ?. c, 26. Whom God hath fet forth to 
be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his 
righteoufnefi for the remiffion of fins that are paft, through 
the forbearance of God j to declare, I fay, at this time his 
ri^hreoufnefs : that he rnigfyt be juft, and the juttifier of 
him which believeth in Jefus. 

iv 2 Sam. ::ii. 1;. And David faid unto Nathan, I have 
finned againir/ the Lord. And 'tfathan faid unto David, The 
lord alfo hath put away thy fin, thou (halt not die. Pfal. 
li. 2, -;. Waihme throughly from mine iniquity, and clcanfe 
me from my fin. For I acknowledge my tranfgreflions j 
and my fin is ever before me. 

x Rom. viii. i, 33. See letter?/. Jobix.20. Ifljuf- 
tiFy myfelf 'mine own mouth mall condemn me ; if I fay I 
am perfect, it fhail alfo prove me perveife. 
^ y 2 Cor. vii. tr. For behold, this felf-fame thing that yc 
fori owed after a godly fort, whac carefuinefs it wrought in 
you, yea, what clearing of yourfelves, yea, what indigna- 
tion, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement defire, yea^ 
what Heal, yc^^ what revenge? 

z Ifa. xxxviii. 1 5. What (hall I fay ? he hath both fpoken 
unto me, and himfelf hath done it : I (hall go foftly ail my 

:ars in the bitternefs of my foul. 

a £zek. xvi- 63. That thou mayeft remember and beccn- 

sro Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

The more I am abfolv'd by him, 
The more I do myfelf condemn b. 

When he in heaves dnoms me to dwell, 
Then I adjudge myfelf to hell c; 

founded, and never open thy mouth any more becaufe of thy 
fliame, when I am pacified toward thee, for all that thou 
haft done, faith the Lord Cod 

b Lukexviii. 13, i 4 . And the publican {landing afar off, 
would not lift up fo much as his eyes unto heaven, but 
irnote upon his breaf?, faying, God be merciful co me a 

zT X l r tdI y ° U ' this Rian went down to his houfe i l,fti " 
re ^ thnn the ochcr : for everv one tha£ exalteth hirn- 
ielf, fliaJl be abafed ; and he that humbleth himfelf, fliall 
beexalted. Ezek. xxxvi. x, .-. Then fhali ye remember 

y Tn,° ¥ V Vl1 W * y5% and Vour doings that were not good, 
ana lhzll loath yourfelves in your own fight, for your iniqui- 
ties, and for your abominations Not for you; fakes do I 
this, faith the Lord Gud, be it known unto you : be amam- 
ed and confounded for your own ways, O houfe of Ifrael. 
Jer. y.y.xi 15. Surely after that I was turned, I repented : 
ana after that I was intrrufted, I fmote upon my thigh ; I 
was aftamed, yea, even confounded, becaufe I did bear 
the reproach of my youth. 

c KUtih. xxv. 54,— 39 Then (hall the King far unto 
tnem onhis right hand, Come, ye bleffed of my Father, 
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation 
or the world. For I was an hungred, and yegave me meat : 
I was thirfty, and ye gave me drink: I was a ftranger, and 
ye took me in : naked, and ye clothed me : I was Tick, and 
?e vifited me ; I was in prifon, and ye came unto me. 
Then lhall the righteous anfwer him, faying. Lord, when 
iaw we thee an hungred, and fed thee} or thirftv, and 
Save thee drink ? V\ hen faw we thee a ftranger, and took 
thee m ? or naked, and clothed thee ? Or when faw we thee 
«ck, or in prifon, and we came unto thee ? 1 Cor. xi. «li 

more worthy to be called thy fon. Gen. xxxii. 0, ip. And 
Jacob faid, CGcd of my father Abraham, and God of mv 

Sett. VII. Tbe Be liter's Riddle. 21 1 

Ycr ftill I to bis judgment 'grcc, 
Ant! clear him for ahibivirg me d. 

TJius he clears me, and 1 him clear, 
Ijuftify my Ittftifier e. 

Let him condemn or juftify, 
From all irjullicc I am free f. 

father Ifa.ic, the Lord which faidft unto me, Return untd 
thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal veil with 
thee: lam not worthy of the leaft of r.ll the mercies, and 
of ail the truth which thou halt fhewed unto thy fervant, for 
with myftafrl paikdovei this Jordan, and now I am be- 
come two bands. 

a Pfal. li. 4. Againft thee, thee only have I finned, and 
done chis evil in thy light: that thou mighteftbe jufrified 
when thou fpeakeft, and be clear when thou judgeft And 
xi. 7. The righteous Lord loveth righteoufnefs, his counte- 
nance doth behold the upright. And cxlv 16, 17- Thou 
openeft thine hand, and fatisfieft the defire of every living 
thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy 
in all his wotks. Rev. xv. 3 ^nd they fing the fong of Mo« 
fes the fervant of God, ard the fong of the Lamb, faying, 
Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty j 
juft and true arc thy ways, thou King of faints. 

e Rom. iii 26. To declare, I fay, at this time his 
jighteoufnefs ; that he might be juft, and the juftifier of 
him which belicveth in Jefus. Ifa. xlv. 21. There is no 
God elfe btfide me, a juft God and a Saviour, t. 24. Sure- 
ly lhall one fay, In the Lord have I righteoufnefs and 
itrength. Chap. Jxiii 1. Who is this that comerh from 
Edom, with dyed garments from Loxsah? This that is 
glorious in his appaiel, travelling in the greatnefs of his 
itrength ? I that fpeak in righteoufnefs, mighty to favc. 
Zech- ix. 9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion j fhout, 
O daughter of Jerufalem : behold, thy King Cometh unto 
thee, he is juft, and having falvation, &c 

/ Jobs xxv. 4, 5, 6. How then enn man be juftified 
with God ? or, how can he be clean that is born of a wo- 
man? Behold even to the moon, and it fhineth not ; yea, 
the ftars are not pure in his fight. How much left man 
th«t is a worm: and the fon of man which is a worm ? 
Pfal. lxxxix. 14. Juftice and judgment are the habitation 
of thy throne: mercy and truth lhall go before thy face. 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part III. 


The myflerv of fanetific?.tion imperfect in this life ; or the 
believer doing all, and doing nothing. 

M I N £ arms embrace my God a, yet I 
Had never arms ro reach fo high b> 
His arm alone me hold c> yet loj 
1 hold ai.d will not let him cro d. 

And xcvii. 2. Clcud* and darknefs are round about him: 
riiihccoufnefs and iudgment are the habitation of his 
throne. Rom. iii. -', - Now we know that what 
things foev^r the law faith, it faith to them who are un- 
der the law ; that every mouth may be Jtopped, and all the 
world may become guilty before God Therefore, by the 
deeds of the law, there fh.dl no flefh be juftified in his 
iight ; for by the law is the knowledge of fin. v. i -, ^4, 
^25. Voi all ha"t ii.mtd, and come wort of the glory ef God; 
beinti ju^ri d freely bv hi> grace, through the redemption 
that i> in Jeftts Chrift : whom God huh fet forth to be a 
propitiation through faith in his bl> oc, to d-clare his ngh- 
ceoofnefs fo. the rtmiffion of iins that are paft, through 
the fo.bearaice of God. Pfal. sotii 2, - . O my God, I 
cry in the duV-time, bni tnou he* reft not j and in the 
night-feafon, and im not fiient. But thou art holy, O 
thou that mhabitcii the praifes of Ifrael. 

u Song iii 1 It was but a little that I paHed from them, 
but I found him whom my foul ioveth ; 1 held him, and 
would not let him ^o, until I had brought him into my 
mother's houic, and into the chamber of her that con- 
ceived me 

b Pfal. lxi. 2. From the end of the earth will I ci vim- 
to thee, when my heart if overwhelmed 5 lead me to the 
jock that is higher than I 

i Pfal ixiii. 8. Mv foul followeth hard after thee : 
thy right hand upholdeth me. Ifa xli. 1 Fear thon 
not, for I am with thee: be not difmaved, for I am thy 
God : I wil! ftrengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I 
will uphold rhee with the right hand or my righceontnefs. 

d Gen. xxxii. 6. And he [the angell fa id, Lee jO, 
for the day breaketh,: And he [Jacob] laid, I wii; 
let thee go, except thou kiefs me. 

Sea. VII. 

The Believer's RitUIe, 

21 3 

I Ho according to bis call, 
And yet not I, but he does all e; 
$ut though he works to will and do/i 
I without force Vork freely too g. 

His will and mine agree full well h y 
Yet difagrec like heav'n and hell i\ 
His nature's mine i, and mine is his /; 

Yet fo was never that nor this m* 

e i Cor xv. 10. But by the grace of God I am what I 
am ; and his prace which was bcftowed upon me, was not 
in vain; but I labouied more abundantly than they all; 
yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. v. 
<S. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye fledfaft, im- 
moveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for- 
a f much us ye know that your labour is not in vain in the 

f'Fhit. ii. t-. Tc is God which workcth in you, both to 
will and to do of his good pleafure. 

g Pfal. ex. 5. Thy people lhall be willing ifl the daV of 
thy power. And cxvi. 16. Oh Lord, truly I am thy fer- 
vant, I am thy fervans, and the fon cf thy hand-maid ; 
thou haft loofed my bonds. 

t Matth. vi. fo. Thv will be done in earth as it is in 
heaven. Pfal. Ml. 3. I delight to do thy will, O my God : 
yea, thy law is within my heart. 

i Matth. xxi. 2?, 2q. A certain man had two fons, and 
he came to the firft, and faid, Son, go work to-day in mv 
vineyard. He anfwered and faid, I will not, &C. John 
v. 40. Ye will not come tome, that ve might have life. 
Matth .xxiii 37. O Jerufalem, jerufalem, thou that killeit 
the prophets, and floneft them which are fent unto thee, 
how often would I have gathered thy children together, 
even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and 
ye won d not ! 

k 2 Pet. i. 4.. Wfierebv are «iven unto us exceeding izreat 
and precious promifes \ that by thefe ye might; be partakers 
of the divine nature. 

1 1 Heb. ii. 14. Forafmuch then as the children are par- 
takeis of flefh and blood, he alfo himfelf likewife took patt 
of the fame. 1/. 16. For verily he took not on him the na- 
ture of angels j but he rook on him the.feed of Abraham. 

m Ifa. xl. 17, 18. All nations before him are as nothing, 
and they are counted to him lefs than nothing, and vanity. 

L 2 

2i4 Gospel Sonnets. part IJI. 

I know him and his name, yet own 
He and his name can ne'er be known n* 
His gracious coming makes me do ; 
I know he tomes, yet know not how o. 

I have no good but what he gave p, 
Yet he commands the ^ood 1 have q. 

To whom then will ve liken God ? or what likenefs will ve 
compare unto him ? 

r Pfal ix l.. Thev that know thy name will put their 
truft in thee. Prov x:<x. :, a- I [Agur] neither J earned 
vifdntTu nor have the knowledge oF the holy. Who hath 
afcended up into heaven, ordefcended* who hath gathered 
the winds in his fifts ? who bath bound the waters in a gar- 
ment? who hath eftabliihed all the ends of theeaith? 
what is his name, and what is his Ton's name, if thou canit 
rell ? 

c Son£ iv. 16. Awake, O north wind ; and come, thcu 
fouth, blow upon my garden, that the fpices thereof may 
flow cut : let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his 
pleafanC fruits. Johniii. 8 The wind bloweth where it 
li/leth, and thon heareii the found thereof, but canft roc 
tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth : fo is every 
one that is born of the Spirit. 

p r Chton. xxix i.». And David faid, — But who am I, 
and what is my people, that Ave ihould be able to offer io 
villinMy after this fort ? for all things come of thee, and 
of thine ov/n have we given thee i Cor. iii. 5. Not that 
we are fufiicient of ourfelves, to think any thing as of our- 
f elves : but our fufficiency is of God. 

q 2 Cor. x. 18. For not he that commendeth himfelf is 
Approved, but whom the Lord commendcth. Rom. xii. r, 
2. I befeech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of 
God, that ye prefent your bodies a living fa orifice, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable fervice. 
And be not conformed to this world : but be ye transformed 
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is 
cfiat rood, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. 

Seel. VIII- The Believer's Riddle. 215 

And though my good to him afcends r, 
My goodnefs to him ne'er extends y. 

I take hold of his cov'nant free /, 
But find it rtiuft take hold of me t. 
I'm bound to keep it u, yet 'tis bail, 
And bound to keep me without fail v. 

r Pfal. xxv. r. Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my foul. 
And cxli. 2. Let my prayer be fee forth before thee as in- 
cenfe ; and the lifting up of my hands, as the evening ia- 
crifice. Epb. iii.2 In whom iChiiit cfus] we have bold- 
nefs and accefs with confidence by the faith of him. Heb. 
x iq. Having therefore, brethren, boldncfs to enter into 
the holicft by the blood of Jefus, &c. 

f rfal. xvi 2. O my foul, thou haft fa id unto the Lord, 
Thou art my Lord: my goodnefs extendeth not to thee. 

5 Ifa. lvi. 4. Thus faith the Lord unto the eunuchs that 
— take hold of my covenant, &c. v. 6. Alfo the fons of 
the Grangers, that join themfelves to the Lord, to ferve 
him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his fervants, 
everyone that- taketh hold of my covenant, &c. 

t Zech. i. 6. But my words and my tfatutes, which I 
commanded my fervants the prophets, did they not take 
hold of vour fit hers ? and they returned and faid, Like a^ 
the Lord of hods diooght to do unto us, according to our 
ways, and according to out doings, fo hath he dealt with 
us. Pfal. ex. 2, 3. The Lord fhnll fend the red of thy 
ftrength out of Zion : rule thou in the mids of thine ene- 
mies. Thy people Ih.ii be willii g in the day of thy power, 
&c Rom. i 16. I a"m not afhamed of che g of pel of Chrifl: 
for it is the power of God unro fa 1 vat ion, to every one that 
bclieverh, to the Jew firft", and alfo to the Greek. 2 Cor. 
ii. 16 — to the other we are the favour of life unco life; 
and who is fafflcient for thefe things. 

Pfal. ciii 17, <o. The mercv of the Lord is from cver- 
Infting to everlafting upon them that fear him : and his 
righteoufnefs unto children's chidren : to fuch as keep his 
covenant, and to thofe that remember his cnmmar.dmencs 
to do them. John xvii. 6. I have manifef^cd thy name un- 
to the men which thou gavelt me out of the world: thine 
they were, and thou g a reft them me, and they have kept 
thy word. 

•v Pfal. lx::xix. *->, — <\6. Neverthelefs, my loving-kind- 
ftefs will I not utterly italic from him, r.or fnffcr my faith' 

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The bond on niy part cannot latt iv 9 
Yet on both fides Hands firm and fait ;.\ 
I break my bands at e'ery (hock, 
Yet never is the bargain broke v. 

Daily, alas! I difobey z y 

Yet yield obedience ev'ry day a. 

fulnefs to fail My covenant will I not break, nor a; 
the thing chat is gone out of my lips* Once have I fwon. 
by my holincfSf that I will no: lie unto David. His feed 
lhr.ll endure for ever, and his throne as the fun before rne« 

hv Pfal- lxxxix. 30, 31, 32. If his children fo.fake my 
law, and walk nor in my judgments \ if they break my fta- 
rates, end keep not my commandments \ then will I vine 
their rranfgrefiion with the iod, and their iniquity with 

x Pfal. ixxxix. 2 ? -;, 4« Tor T have faid. Mercy mail be 
bciic up for ever; thy fa.ithfulnefs ilialt thou eftabliih iqt 
the very heavens. 1 have made a covenant with my Cho- 
icn, I have fwbrn unto David my fervant. . ' Thy Ucd wil: 
I eftabliih for ever, and build up thy throne to all genera- 
tions. i'. ?.?, 29. My mercy will I keep forever more, 
and my covenant ih.til itand faft with hinii His \ccd alfo 
will I make to endure for ever, 2nd his throne as the days 
of heaven. Jer- xxxii. .0. And I will make an everlafting 
covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, 
to do them good , hut I will put my fear in their hearts, 
chat they ihaii depart horn them. 

V Pfall Ixxviii. Their heart was not right with him, 

neither were they ftedfait in his covenant It a. liv 10 TKc 
mountains lhall depart, and the hills It removed, bat my 
siindncis lhall not depart from thee, neither (hall die co- 
venant of my peace be removed, faith the Lord, that hath 
mercy upon thee. 

' x James iii. 2. In many things we ©tTend all 

a Pfalm lxi. 3- So will I hn^ praife unto thy name tor 
ever, that I may daily perform my vows. Hc'b. i ; i. 1;. 
But exhort one another daily while it is called, To-day; 
left any oPvqu be hardened through the dcrei:falneXs of fin, 

Seel. VUI. Yh Believer's R: \ 

I'm :cS\ perfect mail b, 

That can do all, yet nothing can -. 

I'm from beneath d> and from above e, 
A child ofwratli/J a c hi 1 ! oflove <*• 

A ib .moer e'en where all may know j 
A pilgrim, vet 1 no where t»o ^. 

]f trade abroad, yet Ray at home /; 
ly tabernacle is /-tcmbi. 

r- * ~ 

b Pfalm xxxvii. -\~ Mark the peifcc* roan, and beh> 
the upright : tor the end of that man ;s peace. Rev. iii. 2. 
Be watchful, a:\d it the things which remain, that 
are re|dy £0 die : for I have not found thy works perfect 
t cfoie Qod, 

PhTt. iv. - - . I can do ail chines through Chrift which 
ftrengthentlh me. Johrfxv. -• I 2m the vi-:e, ye are the 
tranches ; He that abidetb in me, ar.d I in him, the fame 
bringeth forth much fruit} for wirhourmc ye can do no- 

a John viii 23. And Jefus faid u^to the Jews, Ye are 
from beneath— > : ye are of this wold. &c. 

«- Gal. iv. :6. Jerufalem which is above, is free, which 
is th^ mother of us all. -. ..S. Now w*, brethren, as Ifaac 
was, are the children of the pro miff John i n. "Which 
\i ere horn n6t of blood, nor of the wiil of the netfi, norcf 

te will of man, but vf Cod. And iii. ;, .-. Jtfus anfwer- 
ed. Verily, verily, I ity unto thee, .[Nicodemus] Except a 
man be boir of water zr.d of the Spirit, he cannot enter 

co the kingdom o? God.— That which is born of che Spi- 
rit is fpirit. 

t Eph. ;i. r. We~-were bv nature the children ofwrath, 
even as others. 

Rom. i v . S The children of the promife are counted 

for the fee J 

H~b. xi. i:. Thefe— all conFeiTed that they were Ifrar.- 
£crs and pilgrims on the earth. 1 Pet. ii. 11 Deariy belov- 
ed, befcech you as hTrangers and piicrih^, &Ci 

.' Plul. in. 2c. For our cenverfanen is in he2ven, from 
whence alio we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jet us Chriit 

* 2 Cor. v. t, 2. For we know, that if our earthly henier 
of this tabernacle were diflolvtd, we have a building 
Cod, an houfe not maJw v ith hands,- eternal in the heavens. 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part III. 

I can be prifon'd, yet abroad ; 

Bound hand and foot, yet walk with God /. 


The myftery of various names given to faints and church 
of Chrifr. : or, The flefh and Spirit defcribed from in- 
animate things, vegetables and fenfitives. 

TO tell the world my proper name, 
„ Is both my glory and my fhame a : 
For like my black but comely face, 
My name is Sin, my name is Grace h. 

For in this we groan earneftly, defiring to be cloathcd upon 
with our houfe which is from heaven. <v. *. For we that 
are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for 
that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mor- 
tality might be fwallowed up of life. 

/ Ads xvi. 24, 25. The jailor, having received fuch a 
harge, thruft them into the inner pvifovi, and made their 
,'eet fair, in the flocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas 
prayed, and fang praifes unto God. 2 Tim. ii 9. Where- 
in I fufifer trouble as an evil doer, even unto bonds ; but 
the word of God is not bound. ?, Cor. vi. &. 9 ?.. But in all 
thing, approving ourfelves a? the minifters of God, in much 
patience, in afHiSions, in neceffitics, in diftre(Tes, in ftripes, 
in imprifonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in 

a Hof. i, o. Then faid God, Call his name Lo-arrmi : 
for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. 
And ii. t. Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi, and to your 
fillers, Ruhamah. <v. 11. And X will have mercy upon 
her that hud not obtained mercv, and I will fay to them 
which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they 
ftiall (ay, Thou art my God. 

f * •• « * f t 



mon. ilim. 1. 15. This is a raicmul laying, ana wor- 
thy of all acceptation, that Chritt jefus came into the 
world to fave finners ; of whom I am chief. Ifa. Jxii. c, 
t,. And the Gentiles ihall fee thy righteoufnefs, and all 



. ivwu his. vjtunio 141 <tn itg uiiy ii^nn.wiiuii,i.i, «"« **»*• 

ings thy glory : and thou lhalt be called by a new name, 
vhkh the mouth of the Lord ihall name. Thou lhalt alfo 

Seel. IX. The Believes Riddle, 219 

Mod fitly I'm aflimilare 

To various things inanimate ; 

A Handing lake c, a running flood d> 

A fixed ftar e f a pafling cloud f, 

A cake untiimM, nor cold, nor not g\ 
A veffei found h y a broken pot i : 
A rifmg fun k> a drooping wing / ; 
A flinty rock m, a Bowing tyring >:. 

be a crown' of glory in the hind oF the Lord, and a royal 
diadem in the hand of thy God. 

r Jer. xlvJii. tl. Moab hath been ac eafe From his 
routh, and he hath fettled on his lees, and hnth not been 
^-rptied from vciTel to veflel, neither hath he gone into 
captivity; therefore his tafte remained in him, and his 
ictnt ii nor changed. 

d Ifa. xliv. 3. I will pour writer upon him that is thirf- 
ty, and floods :ipon the drv ground : I will pour my Spirit 
upon thy feed, and my bletfing upon thine offspring. 

e Dan. xii. %. And they that be wife, mall ihine as the 
brioKtnefs of the firmament ; and they that turn many to 
righteoufnef?, as the ftars For ever and ever — And in op- 
pofition to thofe called Wandering ftars, Jude T3. 

f Hof. vi. <j. O Ephraim, what fhail I do unto thee? 
O Judab, fhall I do unto thee ? for your good nefs is 
as 3 morning-cloud* and as the early dew it qoeth away. 

cr Hof. vii. 8. Ephraim, he hath mixed himfelf among 
the people. Ep brain* ii a cake not turned. Rev. iii. ic. 
2 know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot j I 
would thou wert cold or hot. 

b Rom. ix -I. Hath not the potter power over the clay, 
of the fame luT.p to make one vefTel unto honour, and ano- 
ther unto di {honour? 

; Pfal xxxi. 12. lam forgotten as a dead man out of 
mind : I am like a broken reflet. 

k Matth. xiii. 4-;. Then Xhall the righteous fliine forth 
as the fun, in tne kingdom of their Father. 

/ Pfal. Ir. 6. And I faid, O that I had wings like a 
dove ! for then would I flv away, and be at reft. 

m Zech. vii. 12. They made their hearts as an adamant 
ftone, left they fliould hear the law, and the words which 
the Lord of hofts hath fent in his Spirit by the former pro- 
phets . 

n John iv. T3, 74. Jefus anfwered and faid unto hcij 

22© Gospel Sonne-;-. Part III. 

A rotten beam e 9 a virirl ftem p; 
A menft'rous cloth q % a royal gem r; 
A garden barr'd/, an open field / ; 
A gliding dream t, a fountain feal'd u. 

Of various vegetables fee 

And fair and lively map in me. 

'vVhofoever dnnketh of the water that T inall give him.,, 
shall never thirft: but the tfrater that I fhall give him, 
fhall be in him a we'l of water fpringing up into everlafting 

o Ifa. xvii. c, to. In that day mall his firong cities be 
as a for fa ken noOgli, and an uppermoft branch, which they 
left, hecaufe of the children of Ifrael; and there mall be 
defolation. Pecaufe thou haft forgotten the God of thy 
faivarion. and halt not been mindful of the rock of thy 
itrength: therefore malt thou plant plesfant plants, and 
ihalt itz it with ft range Tips. Chap, xxvii. it. When the 
boughs thereof are withered, they mall be broken off: the 
women come and fet them on fire : for it is a people of no 
under/landing, &c. 

t Pro v. xi. 28. The righteous mall Bourifli as a branch. 
PfaL xcii. 12, 1-. The righteous moll flourifh like the 
palm-tree; he ihail grow like the cedar in Lebanon. Thole 
that be planted in the hotife of the Lord, mail fiouriih in 
the courts of our God. 

■ q Ifa. xxx. 22 Ye mail defile aifo the covering of thy 
graven images; of iilver, and the ornament of thy molten 
images of gold : thou malt caft them away as a menltruous 
cloth j thou mall fay unto it, Get thee hence. Chap. lxiv. 6. 
But we are all as an unclean thing, and ail out rightcouf- 
nelTes as flthv ra^s. 

r Ifa. lxii. 3. Thou malt alfo be a crown of glory in 
the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of 
thy God. 

f Song iv. 12. A garden inclofed is mv lifter, my froufe.. 

5 Matth. xiii. 2^, 2;. Another parable put he foith un- 
to them, faving. The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a 
man which fowed good feed in his field : but while men 
flept, his enemy came and fowed tares among the wheat, 
and went his way. 

t Song. iv. 5. [My'fifter is] a foiinrain oT gardens, a 
.'well of living watery and dream:, from Lebanon. 

Sea. IX. 7bt Bditver's Riddk. 221 

A fragrant rofe v } a noifome weed «tw; 
A rotting .v, yet immortal fee J y. 

l'na with'ring krafs z, and growing corn a ; 
A plcalant plant b, an frkfome thorn c : 
An empty vine d, a fruitful tree e ; 
An humble fhtub f, a cedar high^. 

u Song iv. 12. A Jpiing fhut up, a fountain fealed is 
mv fiite r , m y uo u ■ e . 

i> lia. 1 a. kxxV* I. The wildernefs and the folitary 
place fhall he glad for them; and the defart (hall rejoice, 
and bloiToin as the rofe. 

Mu v. 4- What could have been dene more to my 
vineyard, that I have notr done in it? wherefore when I 
looked that it mould bring forth grapes, brought it forth 
wild grapes. 

x Gen. iii. 19. In the fweat of thy face malt thou eat 
bread, til 1 thou return unto the ground; for out of it 
wait thou taken : for duft thou art, and unto dull malt 
thou return* 

y 1 Pet. i. 23. Being born again, not of corruptible 
feed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which 
lavetrh and abideth for e\ er. 

z Ifa. xl. 7. The grafs withereth, the flower fadeth ; 
becaufe the Spirit. of the Lord bloweth upon it : furely 
the people is grafs. 

a Hof. xiv. 7- They that dwell under his ikadow mail 
return, they ihall revive as the corn, and grow as the 
vine : the fcent thereof fnall be as the wine of Lebanon. 

b I: a. v. 7. The vineyard cf the Lord of hofts is the 
hou'e of Ifrael, and che men of Judah his pleafant plant. 

c Mic. vii 4. T he be ft cf them is a brier ; the moll 
upright is fharper than a tho n-Hiedge: 

d Hof. x. i. Ifrael is an empt) vine, he bringeth forth 
fruit unto him.clf. 

e Pfal. i. 3. And he (hall be like a tree planted by the 
rivers of w a: er, that brh his fruit in his dea- 

fen; his leaf alfo mail net wither, and whatfbever he 
dc^:l. (hall pro per. 

j ; i. 5, 6. He [a great eagle] took alfo of the 

fecc 1 oj land, a*rd plai ted ir in a fruitful field, he 

placed it fcg gieat wa1 I J ct it at a willow- tree. 

, ;:d it grew, and bee g vine of low ftature, 

222 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

A noxious brier h y a harmlefs pine / ; 

A faplefa twig k y a bleeding vine /: 

A liable fir m\ a pliant bufh n ; 

A noble oak o, a naughty rufll p. 


whofe branches turned toward him, and the roots there- 
of were under him : To it became a vine, and brought 
forth branches, and fhct forth fprigs. r. 24. And all 
the trees of the field ill all know that I the Lord have 
brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, 
have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry 
tree to fiourifh : I the Lord have fpoken and have done 
it. Mark iv. 30, 31. And Jefus laid, Whereunto fhall we 
liken the kingdom of God? or, with what comparifon 
fhall we somoare it ? It is like a grain of muftard-feed, 
which, when it is fown in the earth, is lefs than all the 
feeds that be in the earth. 

g P r al. xcii. 12. The righteous fhall grow like a cedar 
in Lebanon. 

h Mic. vii. 4. See letter c. 

/ I r a. xli. 19. I will fet in the de fart the fir-tree, and 
the pine, and the box-tree together. 

k John xv. 4- Ab de in me, and I in you. As the 
branch cannot bear fruit of itfelf, except it abide in the 
vine ; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. v, 6. If 
a man abide not in me, he is caii forth as a branch, and 
is withered. 

/ John xv- 5- I am the vine, ye are the branches: lie 
that abideth in me, and I in him, the fame bringeth 
forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. 
Song ii. 13. The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, 
and the vines with the tender grape give a good fmell. 
v. 15. Take us the foxes, the little foxes that fpoil the 
vines; for our vines have tender grapes. 

m Ifa. Iv. 13. Inflead of the thorn fhall come up the 
fir-tree, and inftead of brier fhall come up the myrtle-tree s 
and it mall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlafting 
fign that fhall not be cut off. And lx. 1 3. The glory of 
Lebanon fhall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine- 
tree, and the box together, to beautifv the place of my 
fan&uary, and I will make the place of my feet glorious. 

n Matth. xi. 7. And as they departed, Jefus began to 
•fay unto the multitudes concerning John, What went 

Setf. IX. The Believer's Riddle. 22 J 

W'nh fe*i/i fives I may compare, 
While 1 their various natures (hare ; 
Their diftin£t names my jnftly (bit 
A ftrange, a reafonable brute q. 

The facred page my ftare defcribes 
From volatile and reptile tribes ; 
From uglv vipers r, beauteous birds/*; 
From (baring hods /, and fwinilh herds /. 

out into the wildernefs to fee? A reed fhaken with the 
wind ? 

o Ifa. vi. 13. But yet in it lhall be a tenth, and it (hall 
return, and ihall be eaten ; as a teil-tree, and as an oak 
whofe fubftance is in them, when they caft their leaves : 
fo the holy feed mall be the fubftance thereof. 

f Ifa. lviii. 5. Is it fuch a faft that I have chofen? a 
day for a man to afHicl: his foul ? is it to bow down his 
head as a bulrulh, and to fpread fackcloth and afhes un- 
der him ? wilt thou call this a faft, and an acceptable day 
to the Lord ? 

q Ffal. Ixxili. 22. So foolifh was I [Afaph], and igno- 
rant : I was a beaft before thee- Prov. xxx. 2. Surely I 
[ Agur] am more brutifh than any man, and have not the 
underftanding of a man. 

r Matth. iii. 7. But when John faw many of the Pbari- 
fees and Sadducees come to his baptifm, he faid unto them, 
O generation of vipers, &rc. 

/Song. ii. 12. The time of thefinging of birds is come, 
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. 

s Ifa. lx. 8. Who are thefe that fly as a cloud, and as 
the doves to their windows ? 

* Matth. vii. 6. Give not that which is holy unto the 
dog^, neither caft ye your pearls before fwine, left they 
trample them under their feet, and turn again and rent 
you. 2 Pet. ii. 22. But it is happened to them accord- 
ing to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vo- 
mit again : and the fow that was warned to her wallowing 
in the mire. 

224 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

I'm rank'd with beafts cf diflTrent kinds, 
With fpiteful tygers u, loving binds v\ 
And creatures of diftinguiftYd forms, 
With mounting eagles ix) f creeping worms :»% 

A mixture of each fort I am ; 

A hurtful fnakejr, a harmlefs lamb z ; 

A tardy afs a, a fpeedy roe b ; 

A lien hold c y a tim'rous doe */• 

u Pfal. xxii. 1 6. For dogs have compafTed me, the afc 
fembly of the wicked have inclofed me : they pierced my 
hands and my feet. Phil. iii. 2. Beware of dogs, beware 
of evil-workers, beware of the concifion. 

y Pfal. xviii. 33. God maketh my feet like hinds feet, 
and fetteth me upon my high places. Pro v. v. 19- Let 
her [the wife of thy youth] be as the loving hind, and 
pleai'ant roe ; let her breafts fatisfy thee at all times, and 
be thou always ravifned with her love. 

•w Ifa. xl. 31. They mall mount up with wings as 


* Pfal. xxii. 6. But I am a worm, and nc man. Ifa. 
xli, 1 4- Fep.rnot, thou worm Jacob, and ye men oflfra- 
el, fee. 

y Pfal. lviii. 4. Their poifon is like the poifbn of afer- 
pent ; they are like the deaf adder that ftoppeth her ear. 

r John xxi. 15. So when they had dined, Jefus faith 
to Simon Peter, Simon fon of Jonas, iovcit thou me more 
vhan thefe I He* faith unto him, Ye?., Lord; thou fcfibw- 
eft that I love thee. He faith unto him, Feed my lambs. 

a Job xi. 12. Vain man would be wif£, thotigh man 
be born like a wild afrs colt. 

5 Frov. vi. 5. Deliver thyfelf [my for.] as a roe from 
the hand of the. hunter. 

c Pro v. xxviii. 1. The righteous are bold as a lion. 

d Ifa. ii. 19. And they fh all go into the holes of the 
rocks, ana into the caves of the earth, for fear of the. 
Lord, and for the glory cf his Majeily, when he arifeth 
to (hake terribly the earth. 

Setf. X. The Believer's Riddle. 225 

A flothful owl e, a bufy ant/*; ' 

A dove fen mourn g^ a lark to chant h : 

And with lei's equals to compare, 

Au ugly toad #'. an an^tl fair k. 


The myftery of the faints old and new man further de- 
fcribed; and the means of their fpiritual life. 

TEMPTATIONS breed me much annoy <?, 
Yet divers ilich I count all joy £. 


e PfaL cii. 6. I am like an owl of the defart. 

j Prov. vi. 6. Go to the ant, thou Haggard, confide r 
her v. ays, and be wife, &rc. 

£• Ifa. xxxviii. 14. Like a crane or a fwallow, fo did I 
chatter : I did mourn as a dove ; mine eyes fail with look- 
ing upward : O Lord, I am oppreiTed, undertake for me. 
Ezek. vii. 1 6. But they that e fcape of them [Ifrae 1] , fhal 1 
e fcape, and (hall be on the mountain', like doves of the 
valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. 

b Sang ii. 12. The time of the finging of birds is come, 
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. 

i Rom. ill- 13 — The poifon of afps is under their lips. 
Job. xl. Behold, I am vile, what fnall I anfwer thee 1 
I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. 

k Acts, vi. 15. And all that fat in the council, looking 

fte [y on him [Stephen!, faw his face as it had been 

- oi an arg:i. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all with oper* 

ce, beholding a:, in a glafsj the glory of the Lord, are 

ringed into the fame image, from glory to g-lory, even 

by the Sprit of the Lord. 

a Heb. xii. 11. Now no chartering for the prefent feem- 
eth to be joyous, but grievous, &:c. 1 Tet. i. 6. Where- 
in ye greatly rejoice, though now for a feafon (if need be) 
ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. 

b James i. 2. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall 
iatt ;r: temptations. 

226 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

On earth I fee cqnfufions reel c, 

Yet wifdom ord'ring all things well d. 

I ileep, yet have a waking ear t \ 
I'm blind and deaf, yet lee and hear/": 
Dumb, yet cry Abba, Father , plain g t 
Born only once, yet bom again k. 

c Pfal. lxxxii. 5. They know not, neither will they 
underftand ; they walk on in darknefs : all the founda- 
tions of the earth are out 01 courfe. 

d Pfal. xxix. 10. The Lord fitteth upon the flood: 
yea, the Lord fitteth King for ever. And lxxxix. 9. 
Thon ruleft the raging of the fea : when the waves there- 
of arife, thou flilleft them. Rom. viii. 28. And we 
know that all things work together for good, to them 
that love God, to them who are the called according to 
his purpofe. 

e Song v. 2. I fleep, but my heart waketh : it is the 
voice of my Beloved that knocketh, faying, Open to me, 
my filler, my love, my dove, my undetiled : for my 
head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of 
the night. 

/ Ifa. xlii. 18, 19. Hear, ye deaf, and look, ye blind, 
that ve may fee. Who is blind, but mv fervant? or 
deaf, as my melTenger that I feat? who is blind as he 
that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's fervant? And 
xxxv. 5. Then the eyes of the blind mall be opened, and 
the ears of the deaf mall be unftopped. 

g Ifa. xxxv. 6. Then fhall — die tongue of the dumb 
flag : for in the wildemefs mall waters break out, and 
ftreams in the defart. Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not 
received the fpirit of bondage again to fear ; but ye hare 
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, 

b John ill- 3, — 5. Jefus anfwercd and faid unto him, 
[Nicodemus], Verily, verily I fay unto thee, Except a 
man be born again, he cannot fee the kingdom of God- 
Nicodemus faith unto him, How can a man be born when 
he is old? can he enter the fecond time into his mother's 
womb, and be born ? Jefus anfwered, Verily, verily I 
fay unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the 
Spirit, h? cannot ent~r into the kingdom of God. That 

Sea. X. The Believes Riddle. 227 

My heart's a mirror dim and bright /', 
A compound ftrange of day and night k : 
Or dung and di'monds, drwfs and gold / ; 
Of funimer heat, and winter cold ?//. 

Down like a ftone I fink and dive ti, 
Yet daily upward ibar and thrive 0. 

which is born of the flefhj is flefli: and that which is 
born of the Spirit, i3 fpirit. 

i Lam. v. 17. For this our heart is faint, for thefc 
things our eyes are dim. Ifa. xxxii. 3- And the eyes of 
them that fee, fhall not be dim, &:c. 

k Zech. xiv. 7. But it fhall be one day, which fhall 
be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it inall 
come to pafs, that at evening time it fhall be light. 

/ Mai. ii. 3. Behold, I will corrupt your feed, and 
fpread dung upon your faces, evert the dung of your fo- 
lemn feairs, and one fhall take you away with it. Phil, 
iii. 8. Yea doubtlefs and I count all things but lofs, for 
the excellency of the knowledge of Chriir. Jeius my Lord i 
for whom I have fuffered the lofs of all things, and do 
count them but dung that I may win Chrift. Iia. lxii. 3. 
Thou ihalt alfo be a crown of glory in the hand of the 
Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Ifa. i. 
25. And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge 
away thy drofs, and take away all thy tin. Job xxiii. 10. 
God knoweth the way that I take : when he hath tried 
me, I fhall corne forth as gold. 

m Pfal. xxxix. 3. My heart was hot within me, while I 
was mufing the fire burned. Lukexxiv. 32. And they 
faid one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us, 
while he talked with us by the wav, and while he opened 
to us the fcriptures? Matth. xxiv. 12. And becaufe iniqui- 
ty fhall abound, the love of many fhall wax cold. Rev. ii. 
4. Neverthelefs, I have fomewhat againfl thee, becaufe 
thou haft left thy firft love. 

n Pfal. xlii. 6. 7. O my God, my foul is caft down 
within me : therefore will I remember thee from the 
land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mi- 
zar. Deep calieth unto deep, at the noife of thy water- 
fpouts : all tiy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 
Pfal. xlii. 8 7 9. Yet the Lord will command his lov- 

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To heav*n I fly, to earth I tend p ; 
Still better grow, yet never mend q. 

My heav'n and glory's fnre to me, 
Though thereof feldom fure I be r : 

ing kindnefs in the day-time, and in the night his fong 
lhall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. 
I will fay unto God my rock, Why haft thou forgotten me \ 
why go I mourning becaufe of the oppreflion of the enemy ? 
v. if. Why art thou caft down, O my foul ? and why art 
thou difquieted within me ? hope thou in God, for I will 
yet praife him, who is the health of my countenance and 
my God. 

p Col. iii. i, 2. If ye then be rifen with, feek 
thofe things which are above, where Choir, fitteth on the 
right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, 
not on things on the earth. Pfal. xljv. 25. Our foul is 
bowed down to the dud : our belly cleaveth unto the 

jHof. xiv. 5. I will be as the dew unto Ifrael : he ihall 
grow as the lily and caft forth his roots as Lebanon, v. 
7. They that dwell under his fhado-w (hail return, they 
lhall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine : the fcent 
thereof fhall be as the v/ine of Lebanon. Phil. iii. 12, 13* 
1 4- Not as though I had already attained, either were 
already perfect: but I follow after, if tliat I may appre- 
hend that for which I alfo a.m apprehended of Chriir. Jefus. 
Brethren, I count not myfelf to have apprehended: but this 
one thing I do, forgetting thofe things which are behind, 
and reaching forth unto thofe things which are before, I 
prefs toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of 
God in Chrift jefus. Rom. vii. 23., 24. But I fee another 
law in my members, warring againft the law of my mind, 
and bringing me into captivity to the law of fin, which is 
in my members. O wretched man that I am, who fnail de- 
liver me from the body of this death. 

r John xiv- 2, 3. In my Father's houfe are many man- 
fions ; if it were not fo^ I would have told you : I go to 
prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for 
you, I will come again, and receive you unto myfelf, that 
where lam, there ye maybe alfo. 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore 
the rather brethren, give diligence to make your calling 
and election fure. Keb. iv. 1. Let us therefore fear, 

Sect, X. The Believer's Riddle. 22$ 

Yet what make* me the furer is, 
God is my glory/, I am his /. 

My life's expo>\l to open view t, 
Yet tlofety hid and known to few a. 
Some know my place, and whence I came! 
Yet neither whence, nor where I am v> 

I live in earth, which is not odd j 
Bui lo, I alio live in God ou : 

A Spirit without flefh or blood, 

Yet with them both to yield me food Hi 

left aprdmi e being left us of* entering into Lis reft, Hhy 
of you mould feem to come (hort of it. 

j Pfd. iii. 3. But thou, O Lord, art a fhield for me \ 
my glory^ and the lifter up of mine head. la. Ix. 19. The 
fun lhall be no more thy light by day, neither for bright- 
nefs lhall the moon give light unto thee, but the Lord 
mail be unto thee an everlailing li^ht, and thy God thy 

j I(a. xlvi. \%. 1 will place falvatian in Zlon for Iirael 
my glory, z Cor. viii. 23. Whether do any enquire of 
Titus, he is my partner, and fellow-helper concerning 
you : or our brethren be inquired of. thev are theffeileii- 
gers of Lhe churches, and the glory of Chrift* 

t P:al. zvliv. 13. Thou makefl us a reproach to ou. 
neighbours, a fcorn and a derifion to them that are round 
about us. 
u Col. iii. 3. Your life is hid with Chrift in God. 
v John iii. 9, 10. Nicodemus arifwered and faid unto 
him, How can thefe things be? Jems am'wered and faid 
unto him, Art thou a mafrer of Ifrael, and kiioweifc not 
thefe things? Prov. xiv. io. The heart knoweth his own 
bitternels ; and a itranger doth not intermeddle with his 
.i°y* l J 0Iin iv. J 6. And we have known and believed the; 
love that God hath to us. God is love; and he thi.c 
dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. 

iu Gal. ji. 20. I am crucified with Chrift : Neverthe- 
less I live, yet not I, but Chrift liveth in me: and the 
life which I now live in the flefh I live by the faith of the. 
Son of God, who loved me, and gave himfelf for me. 
* John iv. 24. God is a Spirit', aud tfcev that v. or this 

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230 Gospel Sonnets Part III, 

I leave what others live upon, 

Yet live I not on bread alone i 

But food adapted to my mind, 

Bare words, yet not on empty wind^ 

I'm no Anihropopaglte rude, 

Though fed with human fiefh and blood , 

But live fuperlatively fine, 

My food's all fpirit, all divine z. 

I feaft on fulnefs night and day a 7 
Yet pinch'd for want I pine away b P 

him, muft worlhip him in Spirit and in truth. And vL 
53? 54, 55- Then Jefus faid unto them, [the Jews] r 
V erily, verily I fay unto you, Except ye eat the fiefn of 
the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in 
you. Whcfo eateth my fleJK, and drinketh my blood, hath 
eternal life, and I will raife him up at the laft day. For 
my nefn is mc-:.r indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 

y Matth. iv. 4- But jefus anfwered and faid [unto the 
tempter,] It is written, man mail not live by bread a- 
lone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth 
of God. Jer. xv. 16. Thy words were found, and I did 
eat them : and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoic- 
ing of mine heart, for 1'aixi called by thy name, O Lord 
God of hofls. 

z John vi. 57, 58. As the living Father hath lent mc, 
and I live 5y the Father: fohe that eateth me, even he 
ill all live by me. This is that bread which came down 
from heaven : not as your fathers did eat manna, and are 
dead : he that c i of this bread mail live forever, v. 

63. It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the fleili prof. teth 
nothing: the words that I fpeak unto you, they are fpirit 
and they are life. 

el Ifa. xxv. 6. And in this mountain fhatt the Lord of 
holts make unto all people a feaitof fat things, a feaft ot 
wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines 
on the lees well refined. 

b Ifa. xli. 1 7. When the poor and needy feek water, 
and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirft, I 
the Lord will hear them, I the God of Ifrael will not for- 
fake them, Pfal. xl i 7. But I am poor and needy, yet 

Sea. X. The Believer's Riddle. 23* 

My leannefs, leannefs, ah ! I cry c ; 
Yet fat and full of fap am I d. 

As all amphibious creatures do, 
I live in land and water too e : 
To good and evil equal benty^ 
I'm both a devil g, and a faint h. 

While fome men who on earth are gods #, - 
Are with the God of heaven at odds k> 

the Lord thinketh upon me : thou art my help and my 
deliverer, make no tarrying, O my God. 

c Ifa. xxiv- 1 6. From the uttermoft part of the earth 
have we heard fongs, even glory to the righteous: but I 
faid, My leannefs, my leannefs, wo unto me : the treach- 
erous dealers have dealt treacheroufly ; yea, the treach- 
erous dealers have dealt very treacheroufly. 

d Pfal. xcii- 13, 14. Thofe that be planted in the 
houfe of the Lord, fhall flourifh in the courts of our God. 
Thev fhall ftill bring forth fruit in old a^e : thev fhall be 
fat and fiourifhing. And civ. 16. The trees of the Lord 
are full of fap : the cedars of Lebanon which he hath 

e Pfal. cxvi. 9. I will walk before the Lord in .the 
land of the living. And lxix. 1, 2. Save me, O God, 
for the waters are come in unto my foul. I fink in deep 
mire, where there is no ftanding s I am come into deep 
waters, where the floods overflow me. And lxxxviii. 
17. Thy terrors come round about me daily like water, 
they compared me about together. 

/ Rom. vii. 21. I find then a law, that when I would 
do good evil is prefent with me. 

g John vi. 70. Jefus anfwered them, Have not I cho- 
fen you twelve, and one of you is a devil ? And viii. 44. 
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lufts of your Fa- 
ther ye will do. James iii. 15. This wifdom defcendeth 
not from above, but is earthly, fenfual, devilifh. 

h 1 Cor. vi. 11. And fuch were fome of vou : but ye 

are wafhed, but ye are fanclified, but ye are jufrified in 

the name of the Lord Jefus, and by the Spirit of our God. 

i Pfal. ' lxxxii. 6. I have faid, Ye are gods : and all of 

you are children of the Moft High. 

k Pfal. lxxxii. ij 2. God ftandeth in the congregation 

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My heart, where hellifh legions are /♦ 
Is with the holts of hell at war m. 

My will fulfils what's hard to tell. 
The counfel both of Heav'n n and hell o \ 
Heav'n without fin, wiUV. fin to be p ; 
Yet will tP fin, is fin in me q. 

of the mighty : he judgeth amor^ the gods. Kow long 
will ye judge unjuftly, and accept the perfons of the 
wicked? Selah. v- 5. They know not, neither will 
they underftand : they walk on in darknefs : all the founr 
jdations of the earth are out of courTe. 

/ Matth. xv. 19* For out of the heart proceed evil 
thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, fahc- 
witnefs, blafphemie3. Luke viii. 30. And Jefus afked 
him, faying, What is thy name ? and he faid, Legion f 
becaufe many devils were entered into him. 

vi Eph. yi. 12. For we wreftle not againft flefh and 
blood, put againft principalities, againft powers, againft 
the rulers of the darknefs of this world, againft fpiritual 
wickedne's, in high places. 

n Rev. xvii. 17. For God hath put in their hearts to 
fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto 
the be?, ft, until the words of God mall be -fulfilled. 

Eph. ii. 3. Among whom aKo we all had our con* 
verfation in times pair, in the lufts of our fiefn, fulfilling 
the defires of the flefh, and of the mind; and were by 
nature the children of wrath, even as others. 

p James L 13 Let no man fav when he is tempted, I 
am tempted of Gpd : for (3od cannot be tempted with e* 
vil, neither tempteth he anv man- Afts i. X# 16. And'in 
thole days Peter flood up in the midft of the difciples, 
and faid, Men and brethren, this fcripture muft needs 
have b2en fulfilled, which the Holy Ghoft by the mouth 
of David fpake before concerning Judas, which wa^ guide 
to them that took Je r us. And ii. 23 Jefus of Nazareth, 
being delivered by the determinate coun el and foreknow^ 
ledge of God, ye have taken, and bv wicked hands have 
cruchled and (lain. And iv. 27, 28. For of a truth, zi<< 
gainft thy holy child Jefus, whom thou haft anointed, 
both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and 
|he people of LVael were gathered tpgether, for to do 

Sea XI. The Believer's Riddle. 233 

To duty leldom I adhere r, 
Yer to the end 1 perfevere/. 
1 die and rot beneath the clod /, 
Yet live and reign as long as God to 

S E C T. XI. * 

The myftery of Christ, his names, natures, and ofEces. 

M Y Lord, appears ; awake, my foul, 
Admire his name, the Wonderful a % 

whatfoever thv hancl and thv counfel deter mined before 

* * 

to be done. 

q Hof. v. ir. Ephraira is opprefTecl, ar.d broken in 
judgment, because he willingly walked af:er the com- 
mandment. 2 Cor. viii. 11, 12. Nov/ therefore per- 
form the doing of it; that as there was a readinefs 
to will, fo there may be a performance alfo out of th 
which you ha^e. For if there be rirft a willing mind, it 
is accepted according to that a man hath, and not accord- 
in^ to that he hath not. 

r Pfal. cxin. 1 76. I have gone aftray like a loft flieejp, 
feek thy fervant : for I do not forget thy commandments. 
• f Heb. x. 39. But Ave are not of them who draw buck 
unto perdition ; but of them that believe to the faving oi' 
the foul. 

s Pfal. y.c 3. Thou turncft man to deftruclion ; arid 
filyeff, Return, ye children of men. 

t John v. 24. Verily, verily, I fay unto you. He that 
heareth my word, and believe': 1 ! on him that feht me, 
hath bverlalring-life, and fhall not come to condemnation ; 
but is parTed from death unto life. Rev. iii. 21. To 
him that overcome th will I prant to r it with me in mv 
throne, even as I alb overcame^ and'am fet down with 
my Father in hii throne. And x>:ii. 5. Am- there fnal 
be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light 
of the fun; for the Lord God giveth them light. : and 
they fhall reign for ever and ever. 

a I fa. ix. 6. Far unto us a child is born, unto us a 
fon is given, and the government fhall be upon his fhoul- ' 
(Jsr : and his name fhall be called, Wonderful-. 

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An infinite and finite mind b, 
Eternity and time conjoir/d c. 

VTle evsrlafting Father ftyl'd, 
Yet lately born, the virgin's child d f 
Nor father he, nor mother had, 
Yet full with both relations clad c. 

Jlis titles differ and accord, 

As David's (on. and David's Lord/. 

Part III, 

b Pfal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, and of great pow- 
er: his underftanding is infinite. Luke ii. £5. And Jefus 
increased in wifdGm and ftature, and in favour with God 
~nd man. 

c Gal. iy, 4-- But when the . fulnefs. of the time was; 
come, God fent forth his Son made of a woman, made 
under the law. 

d Ifa. ix. 6. For unto us a child is horn—: and his 
liame friali be called—The ever'aftim: Father. Matth. 
j. 23. Beheld, a virgin fhall be with child, and (hall bring, 
forth a Son, and they (ball call his name Emmanuel,, 
which being interpreted, is, God with us. 

e lieb. vii. 3 For this Me 1c hi :'e dec, £rc— rvithout fa* 
iher, without mother, without descent, ha. ing neither 
beginning of days, nor end cf life; bat made like unt© 
the Son cf God, abide lb' a prieft continually. Luke ii. 
/-8, 49. And when they few him, they were amazed : and 
his mother (aid unto him, Son, why hail thou fo dealt 
With us: behold, thy father and I have fought thee for . 
rowing. And he -aid unto them, How is it that ye fought 
me? Wilt ye not that I muft be about my Father's buii- 
nefs ? 

/Matth. xii. 41, — 45. V/hile the T>-a:iccs were ga- 
thered together, Jems afKed them, faying, What think 
ye of Chrift? who.'e Ton is he J They lav unto him, The 
5bn of David. Jie fa,ith unto them, How then doth David 
in fpirit call him Lord, faying, The Lord faid unto my 
Lord, Sit thou on my right hard, till I make thine ene- 
mies thy foot ilooH If David then call him Lord, how i* 
he hii fan i &c. 

Se£ XI. Tie Buuver s Riddle. 235 

Through earth and hell how conqn'ring rode 
The dying man, the riling God g 

]\ly nature i* corruption doo'ttVd /; : 
Yet when my nature he aijum'd, 
He nor on him (to drink the brrok) / 
My pcrion nor corruption 100k k. 

g Matth. v.v\. 5 Tcllyc the daughter* cfZxr, Ee ? 
hold, t ay King come th tmto thee, meek, and fitting up-: 
on ana'', and a colt the lord cf ail a.'s. v. 8, 9. And a. 
very great multitude rpread their far me ruts in the way: 
others ci it chwn blanches from the tree?> and flravcd 
them in tl e v ay. And the multitude that went before, 
and that followed, cued, faying, Holarna to tf e Son of 
David : bleiled is he that ccrr-eth in the name cf the Lord, 
Hofanixa [n the ! .-ighefi. v. 12. Ajid Jefus -went into the 
temple of God, and cad: cut all them that fold and boupnt 
ii the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money- 
changer-, and feats of them that fcld doves. Co], ii. 15. 
And having spoiled principalities andpowe;-., he made a 
flbew of them openly, triumphing over them in it [his 

ofs]. Rom. iv. 25. Jefus our Lord was delivered for 
our offences and -was raied again for our jufuficaticn. 
Eph. iv. 8. . Wheiefcre he [David] fait! 1 , When he aft 
cended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave 
gifts unto men. Rem. i. 4. Jefus (Thrift cur Lord -a: der 
clare4 to be the Son of God with power, according to the 
ipirit of holinefs, by the refurrcction from the dead. 

h Eph. iv. 22. Put off concerning the former cenvcrfa- 
tion, the old man which is corruot according to the de- 
ceitful lulls. 

i Ffah ex. 7. He {nail drink of the brook in the vay i 
therefore (hail he lift up the head. 

k Rom. vliL 3- God lent his own Son, in the iikenefs 
pf Cnful flelh, and for fin condemned iin in t>-e flefh, 
John i. 14. And the Word was made flefli, and dwelt a- 
mong us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the on- 
ly begotten of the Father] full of grace and truth. Luke 
i. 35- And the angel aniw'ered and faid unto Mary, The 
Holy Ghoit (hall come upon thee, and the power of the 
{iigheit {hall overfimdo-v thee : therefore alfo that hpiv 


Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

Yet he afFuin'd my fin and guilt /, 
For which the noble blood; was fpilt. 
Great was the guilt-o'erflowing flood, 
The creature's and Creator's blood m\ 

The Chief of chiefs amazing caroe n. 
To bear the glory and the lliame ; 

thing which .(hall be born of thee, fuall be called the Son 
oTGod. Heb. ii. 16. For verily, he took not on him the 
nature of angels : but he took on him the feed of Abra- 
ham. And vii. 26, 27. For fuch an High Prieft became 
us, who is holy, harmlefs, undefiled, feparate from fin- 
ners, and made higher than the heavens; who needeth 
not daily, as thofe high priefts, to offer up facrifice, firft 
for his own iins } and then for the people's : for this he 
did once, when he offered up himfelf. 

/ Ifa. liii. 5, 6. All we like fheep have gone aftray : 
we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord 
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 2 Cor. v. 2i. 
God hath made Chrift to be fin for us, who knew no fin ; 
that we mi^ht be made the ri^hteoufhefs of God in him. 
Matth. xx. 28. The Son of man came to give his life a 
ranfom for many. 

m Rom. iii. 25. Whom God hath fet forth to, be a pro- 
pitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righ- 
teouinefs for the remiflion of fins that are pad, through 
the forbearance of God. Acts xx. 2S. Feed the church 
of God, which he hath puvchafed wkh his ov.n blood. 
1 Pet. i. 18, 19, For as much as ye know that ye v. ere 
not redeemed with corruptible things, as filver and gold, 
from your vain conversation received by tradition from 
your fathers; but with the precious bb >d of Chrit, as 
of a Lamb without blemifti and without fpot- in iii. 

16. Hereby perceive we the love of God, becau c he laid 
down his life for us. 

n Rev. i. 4 ? 5. Grace be unto you, and peace from 
— Jefus CtaSft, who is the faithful'witnefs, and the firft 
begotten of foe dead, and the prince of the kings of the 

' c Zech. vi. 12, 13. Behold, the man who'e name is 
the BRANCH— he mail "build the temole of the Lord, 

1 . d he lhall b 

- ' 

Keb. xii. 2. Jeiu:, for t". 

Peft. XI. The Believer's Riddle. 137 

Anointed Chief with oil of joy p y 

Crown'd Chief witl) thorns of fhafrp annoy 7, 

Lo, in his white and ruddy face 
Roles and lilie c frrive for place r ; 
The morning-liar, the riling fun 
With equal ipeed and fplendour run/. 

How glorious is the church's head, 
The Son of God, the woman's feed s ! 
How fearchlefs is his r.oble clan /, 
The firft, the lall, the tecond man u ! 


joy that was fe the fb re hirrij ehdured the crofs, defpifmg 
the (hame, &:c. 

p Pfal. xlv. 7. Thou loveft righteoufnefs, and hatefr. 
wickednefs : therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee 
with the oil of gladnefs above thy fellows. 

q Matt, xxvii. 29. And %rhen they had platted a 
crown of thorns, they put 'it upon his head, and a reed 
in hk right hand : and they bowed- the Jcnee before him, 
and mocked him, laying, Hail king of the Jews. 

r Song ii. 1. I am the rofe of Sharon, and the lily of 
the v alb vs. And v. 10. My beloved is white and ruddy, 
the chleieft among ten thousand. 

/Rev. xxii. if). 1 [Jefus]. am the root and the oft- 
fpring of David, and the bright and morning ftar. Mai, 
iv. 2. But unto you that fear my name, mail the Sun of 
righteoufnefs arife with healing in his wings ; and ye 
fhall go forth asd grow up as calves of the flail. 

s Col. i. 18. And Chriit is the head of the body, the 
church : who is the beginning, the firft born from the 
dead ; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. 
John iii. 16. God lb loved the world, that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that whofoever believeth in him, 
fhould not perifh, but have everlasting life- Gen. iii. 
15. And I [the Lord God] will put enmity between thee 
and the woman, and between thy feed and her feed; it 
ihall brui e thy head and thou fhalt bruife his heel. 

t Ifa- liii. 8. Pie was taken from pri on and from 
judgment: and who fhall declare his generation? Prov. 
2cxx. 4. Who hath aicendefi up into heaven, or defcend- 


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Part III. 

With equal brightnefs in his face, 
Shines divine juftice, divine grace v; 
The jarring glories kindly meet, 
Stern vengeance and compafficn fweet *w. 

God is a Spirit, feems it odd 

To ling aloud the blood of God x. 

Yea, hence my peace and joy refult, 

And here my lafting hope is built y. 
ed \ who hath gathered the wind in his lifts \ who hath 
bound the waters in a garment? who hath eftablifhed all 
the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his 
Son name, if thou canft tell ? 

u Rev. i. ii. I am Alpha and Omega, the firft and 
the laft. i Cor. xv. 45 • The laft Adam was made a 
quickening fpirit. v. 47. The fecond man is the Lord 
from heaven. 

v 2 Cor. iv. 6. For God who commanded the light to 
fliineoutofdarknefs,hath mined in our hearts, to give the 
light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of 
Jefus Chrift. Rom. iii. 24, 25, 26. Being juftified freely 
by his grace, through the redemption, that is in Jefus 
Chrift: whom God hath fet forth to be a propitiation 
through faith in his blood, to declare his righteoufnefq 
for the remiffion of fins that are paft, through the for- 
bearance of God; to declare I fay, at this time his righ- 
teoufnefs : that he might be juft, and the juftifier of him 
which believe tli in Jefus. Eph. i. 6, 7. To the praife of 
the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted 
in the beloved : in whom we have redemption through 
his blood, the forgivenefs of fins according to the riches 
of his grace. 

iv Rom. v. 2D, 21. But where fin abounded, grace" did 
much more abound: that as fin hath reigned unto death, 
even fo might grace reign through right e oil fnefs unto e- 
ternal life, by Jefus Chrift our Lord. Pfal. lxxxv. 10. 
Mercy and truth are met together : righteoufnefs and 
peace have killed each other. 

x John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worfhip 
him, muft worfhip him in fpirit and in truth. Afrs xx, 
28. Feed the church of God which he hath purchafed with 
his own blood. 

Sea. XI. The Believer's Riddle. 239 

Love through his blood a vent has fought, 
Yet divine love was never bough: : 
JVJercy could never purchas'd be, 
Yet ev'ry mercy purchas'd he z. 

His triple ftation brought my peace, 
The Altar, Prieft, and Sacrifice a ; . 
His triple office ev'ry thing, 
My Prieft, my Prophet is, and King b. 

y Rom. v. r. Therefore being juftified by faith, we have 
peace with God, through our Lord Jefus Chrift. v. 10. 
For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God 
the death of his Son : much more being reconciled, we 
fhall be faved by his life. 1 Pet. iii. 15. Be ready always 
to give an anfwer to every man that afketh you a reafon 
of the hope that is in you, with meeknefs and fear. v. 18. 
For Chrift hath alfo once fuffered for fins, the juft for the 
unjuft, (that he might bring us to God), being put to death 
in the flefli, but quickened by the Spirit. 

z Rom. v. 9. Much more then being now juilifled by 
his blood, we fhall be faved from wrath through him. 
t. 21. See letter w. John iii. 16. God fo loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whofoever be- 
lie veth in him, ihould not perifh, but have everlafling life. 
Rom. ix. 15. God faith to Moles, I will have mercy on 
whom I will have mercy, and I will have companion on 
whom I will have companion. Eph. i. 3- BlefTed be the 
God .and Father of our Lord Jefus Chrift, who hath blef- 
icd us with all fpiritual bleflings in heavenly places in 
Cirri ft. 

a Hcb. iii. io. We have an altar whereof they have no 
right to eat, which ferve the tabernacle. And ii. 17. 
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like 
unto his brethren ; that he might be a merciful and faith- 
ful high prieft, in things pertaining to God, to make re- 
conciliation for the fins of the people. And ix. 26. But 
now once in the end of the world, hath Chrift appeared to 
put away fin by the facrifice of himft- If. 

b Acts vii. 37. This is that Mofes which faid unto the 
children of Ifrael, A prophet fhall the Lord your God 
raife up unto you of your brethren, like unto me ; him 
mall ye hear. Ifa. xxxiii. 22. The Lord h our Jud^c, 


Gospel Sonnets. Part III* 

This King, who only man became, 
Is both the Lion and the Lamb c : 
A King of kings, and kingdoms broad d$ 
A fervant both to man and God e. 

This Prophet kind hirrifelf has fet 
To be my book and alphabet, 

the Lord is our Lawgiver^ the Lord is our King* hi will 
lave us. 

c i Tim. iii. 16. And without cemtroverfy, great is the 
myilery of godlinei's i God was manifeft in the flefh, Src. 
Rev. v. 5, 6. one of the elders faith unto me [John],- 
Weep not: behold,- the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the 
root of David, hath prevailed to open the book f and to 
loofe the feven feals thereof. And I beheld, and lo, in 
the midft of the throne^ and of the four beafls, and in the 
midft of the elders flood a Lamb as it had been Ha in, 
having feven horns, and feven eyes, which are the feveli 
Spirits of God Tent forth into all the earth, v. 12. Wor- 
thy is the Lamb that was flain, to receive power, and 
riches, and wisdom, and itrengthj and nonour, and glo- 
ry, and bleiling. 

d Rev. xix. 16. And he [the Word of God] hath on his 
vefture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF 
KINGS, AND LOPJ) OF LORDS. Ifa. xxxvii. 15, tfc 
And He.:ekiah prayed unto the Lord, faying, O Lord of 
holts, God of Ifrael, that dwelled between the cherubimsj 
thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms 
of the earth, thou haft made heaven and earth. Rev. y.i. 
15. And the feventh angel founded, and there were great 
voices in heaven, faying, The kingdoms of this world 
are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Chriil, 
and he (hall reign for ever and ever. 

e Matth. xv. 2'3. The Son of man came not to be minif- 
tred unto, but to minifter, and to give his life a ranfom 
for many. Phil. ii. 7. Chriir. Jefus made himfelf of no 
reputation, and took upon him the form a fervant, and 
was made in the likeritfs of men. Ifa. xlli. 1. Behold my" 
fervant whom I uphold, mine elect in whom my foul de- 
lighteth. And liii. 1 1. Ey bis knowledge ftiall mj nghte- 
©us fervaat juitify many. 

Sea. XII. The Biliever% &MJU. H 

And ev'ry needful letter plain, 
Alpha, Qtn<?g*j aiid Amen/* 


The myftery cf the Believer's fixed flare further enlarg- 
ed ; and his getting forth out of evil. 

BEHOLD, I am all defil'd wiih fin a, 
Vet lo, all glorious am within b. 
In Egypt and in Gothen dwell c ; 
Still cioyelefs, and in.motioa itill d. 

f Rev. i. 8. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and, 
the ending, faith the Lord, which is, and which was, and 
which is to come, the Almighty, v. II. I am Alpha and 
Omega, the firit and the lad: and, What thou [John] 
fee ft, write in a book, and fend it unto the (even church- 
I i which are in Alia And xxi. 6. I am Alpha and Ome*- 
ga, the beginning and the end : I will give unto him that 

atbirft, <~>f the fountain of the water of life freely. 
And xxii 13. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and 
the end, the ti r£t and the Lid. And iii. 14. And unto the 
angel oi' the church of trie Laodiceans, write/ TLcie 
things faith the Amen, the faithful and the true witiieis, 
tUe beginning of the Creadon of oodj &.e. 

a I a. ... 6. But we are all as an unclean thing, 
and all our riffhteou effes are as iilthv ra^s. 

h pi'al. xlv. 13. The King' 3 daughter is all glorious 
Within : her clothing is of wrought gold. 

c Pfal. cs-x. 5, 6. Wo is me that I fojourn in Mefech, 
that I dwell in the tents of Kedar. My foul bath long 
dwelt with him that hateth peace. And xvi. 5, 6. The 
1. 3rd is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup: 
thou malntaineit my lot. The lines are fallen unto me 
in pica' ant places ! yea, I have a goodly heritage. 

d 1 Cor. xv. 5^. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be 
ye ftedfaft, unmoveabie, always abounding in the work 
of the Lord, forafmuch as you know that your labour U 
not in vain in the Lord. 


242 Gospel Sonnets. Part III- 

Unto the name that mod I dread, 
I flee with joyful wings and fpeed <r. 
My daily hope does mod depend 
On him I daily mod offend/ 

All things againft me are combin'd, 
Yet working for my good, I find^. 
I'm rich in midfk of poverties h, 
And happy in my miferies u 

Oft my Comforter fends me grief, 
My Helper lends me no relief £. 

e Pfal. cxiii. 2. O Lord enter not into judgment v/itH 
thy fervant: for in thy fight mall no man living be justi- 
fied, v. 9. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies : I 
flee unto thee to hide ins. 

/ Pfal. xxv. II. For thy name's fake, O Lord, pardon 
mine iniquity; for it is great. Jer. xiv. 7. O Lord, tho* 
our iniquities teftily againft us, do thou it for thy name's 
fake : for our backilidings are many; we have finned &- 
gainft thee. 

g G»n. xiii. 3$. And Jacob their father faid unto them, 
Me have ye bereaved of my children : Jofeph is not, and 
Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away : all thefe 
things are againft me. Rom. viii. 23. And we know that 
all things work together for good to them that love 
God, to them who are the called according to his purpofe. 
h Rev. ii. 8, 9. And unto the angel of the church ot 
Smyrna write, Thefe things faith the firft and the Uft, 
which was dead and is alive ; I know thy works, and tri- 
bulation, and poverty, (but thou a':t rich). 

i Ron. v. 3, 4, 5. And not only fo, but we gbry in tri- 
bulations alfo, blowing that tribulation worketh patience ; 
and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and 
hope maket'ii not alha.ned, becaufe the love of God h 
) a ied abroad in our hearts b.v tne Holy Oho ft which is given 
unto us. 2 Cor. xii. ID. Therefore I [Paul] take plea- 
fure in infirmities, in reproaches, in neceOTities, in per- 
fections, in di.freiTes for Chriit's fake : for when I am 
weak, then an I ftrong. 

k Lam. i. 16, For thefe things I weep, mine eye, mine 


Scft. Xlt. The foliever's Rid Mi. 243 

Yet herein my advantage lies, 
That help and comfort he denies /, 

As feamfters info pieces cut 
The cloth they into form would put, 
He cuts me down to make me up, 
Aod empties me to fill my cup Pi. 

I never can my felf enjoy, . 
Till he my woful felf deftroy ; 
And muft of all myfelf I am, 
When mod I do my felf difUaim n. 

eye runneth down with water, becaufe the comforter^ 
that mould relieve my ioul, is far fVora me. Ifa. xlv. 15. 
Verily thou art a God that hided thy felf, O God of Iirael 
the Saviour. 

/ la. xxx. 1 5. And therefore will the Lord wait, that 
he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be 
exalted, that he may have mercy upon you ; for the Lord 
is a God of judgment; blefled are all they that v/ait for 

m Hof. v. 15. I will £0 and return unto my place, till 
they acknowledge their offence, and feck my face : in 
their affliction they will feek me early. And vi. 1, 2. 
Come ar.d let us return unto the Lord : for he hath torn, 
and he will heal us ; he hath fmitten ^ and he will bind us 
uo. After two davs will he revive us, in the third dav 
be will raife us up, and we fhall live in his light. Pfalm 
Cvii. 9. God fatisricth the longing foul, and filleth the 
hungry foul with goodnefs. Luke i. 53. And Mary faid, 
— Pie hafch filled the hungry foul with good things, and 
the rich he hath lent empty away. 

n Luke ix. 23, 24. And Jefus faid to them all, If any 
man will come after me, let him deny hixnfelf, and take 
up his crois daily and follow me. For whofoever will 
fave his life, fhall lofe it : but whofoever will lo'e his 
life for my iake, the fame fhall fave it. Rom. viii 13. 
If ye live after the ile Qi, ye fliail die ; but if ye through 
the fphit do mortify the deeds of th? bodv, ye flhall lh e 
2 Cor. xii 1 o. Sec Utter i. 


Gospel Sonnets. Part HI 

I glory in infirmities o> 
Yet daily am aiham'd of thefe p : 
Yea, all my pride gives up the ghoft, 
When once I but begin to boaft q. 

My chemiftry is moil exa£t, 
lieav'n out of hell I do extract r : 

g 2 Cor. xii. 9. Mod gladly therefore will I rather glo 
ry in my infirmities, that the power of Chrifi may re& 
upon me. 

p Plalm lxxiii. 15, 16. If I fay, I will fpeak thus; be- 
hold, I fhould ofFend againft the generation of thy chil- 
dren. When I thought to know this, it was too painful 
forme. And Ixxvii. 8, 9, 10. Is his mercy clean gone 
forever? doth his promife fail for evermore ; hath God 
forgotten to be gracious; hath he in anger lhut up his 
tender mercies? Selah. And I faid, This is my infirmity; 
but I will remember the years of the rijht hand of the 
Moil Hi^h. 

q I fa. xlv. 24, 25. Surely,, mall one fay, in the Lord 
have I righteoufhefs and ftrenffth: even to him (hall men 
come, and all that are incenfed againil him, mall be a- 
fhamed. In the Lord fnall all the feed of Ifraei be juiti- 
lied, and mail glory. Pfalm xliv. 6. I will not truft in 
my bow, neither fhall ray fword lave me. v. 8. In God 
we boafl all the day long: and praife thy name forever* 

r Jonah ii. 1, 2. Then Jonal* prayed unto the Lord his 
God put "of the fiuVs belly, and faid, I cried by reafon 
of mine ami&ibn unto the Lord, and he heard- me; out 
ot the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardft my voice. 
r. 3. Then I faid, I am cafe out of thy fight; ye: I \v 
look again toward thy holy temple. Matth. xv. 26, 2~ 9 
23. But Jefus anfwered and faid [unto the woman of Ca- 
naan], It is not meet to take the children's bread, and 
to cai it to dogs. And fhe faid, Truth, Lord; yet the 
dogs eat of the crumbs which fall £roiu the mailer's ta- 
ble. Then Jefus anfwered and faid unto her, O woman, 
great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And 
her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Pfal- 
xlii. 6, 7, 3. O my GjJ, my foul is caft down within me: 
therefore v, Hi I rcmembjr thee from the land of Jordan, 

»a. XII. The Believer's Riddle. 24> 

This art to me a tribute bring? 
Of ufeful out of hurtful things/. 

I learn to draw good out of woe, 
And thus to difappoint the foe / ; 
The thorns that in my flefh abide, 
Do prick the tympany of pride t. 

By wounding foils the field I win, 
And fin itfelf deftroys my fin u : 

and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep call- 
cth unto deep, at the noife of thy water-fpouts : all thy 
-waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the Lord 
will command his loving-kindnefs in the day-time, and 
in the night his fong mall be with me, and my prayer un- 
to the God of my life. 
f Rom. v. 3, 4, 5- See letter i. 

j- Mic. vii. 8. Rejoice not againfu me, O mine enemy: 
when I fall, I (hall arife ; when I lit in darknefs, the Lord 
ihall be a light unto me. 

f 2 Cor. xii. 7. And left I mould be exalted above mea- 
fure, through the abundance of the revelations, there 
was given to mc a thorn in the flem, the meiTenger of Sa- 
tan to buffet me, left I mould be exalted above meafure. 
u Rom. viii. 35, 37- Who fhall feparate us from the 
loveofChrift? mall tribulation, or diftrefs, or perfecu- 
tion, or famine, or nakednefs, or peril, orlword? Nay, 
jn all thefe thing", we are more than conquerors, through 
him that loved us. Pfal. lxv. 3. Iniquities prevail a- 
gainft me ; as for our tranfgreilions, thou fnalt purge 
them away. 2 Chron. xxxii. 24, 25, 26. In thofe days 
Hezekiah was lick to death, and prayed unto the Lord : 
and he fpake unto him, and he gave him a fign. But He- 
zekiah rendered not again, accordingto the benefit done 
unto him : for his heart was lifted up : therefore there 
was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerufalem. 
Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled himfelf for the pride 
of his heart, (both he and the inhabitants of Jerufalem), 
fo that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the 
days of Hezekiah, 


246 Gospel Sonnets. Part HI? 

My Iqfts break one another's pate, 
And each corruption kills its mate v. 

I fmetl the bait, I y*<?/ the harm 

Of corrupt ways and take th' alarm* 

1 tafle the b;turne!s of fin, 

And then to lelifti grace begin i». 

v Rom. vii. 7, 8, 0. What mall we fay then? Is the 
law fin? Gcd forbid. Kay, I had not known fin, but by 
the law : for I i ad not known lv.ft, except the lav; bad 
laid, Thou fbalt not covet. But fin taking cccauon by 
the commandment, wrought in xue all manner of concur 
pifcence. For without the law fin was dead. For I was 
ulive without the jaw once 5 but when the commandment 
came, fin revived, and I died. ?•/**• For f:n taking] 
occafion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it 
flew me. v. 13. Was then that which is gcod made 
death unto me ? God forbid. But fin that it might appeal 
fm, working death in me by that which is gocd; that fin 
by the commandment might become exceeding finful 
Where you fee the fight and feeling of fin killed f elf. John 
ix. 39, 40, 41. And Jefus laid, For judgment I am come 
into this world : that they which lee not, might fee, 
and that they which fee, might be made blind. And fome 
of the Pharisees which were with him, heard the'e words 
y.nd laid unto him, Are we blind alio? Jefus faid unto 
them, If ye were blind, ye fhould have no fin : but now 
ye lay, We fee; therefore your f:n remain eth. Pfal. lix. 
n. Slay them not, left my people forget: fcatter them 
by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord, our fhield, 
Matth. xxvi. fjg, 54. Peter aniwered and faid unto him, 
Though all men frail be oiler. ded because of thee, yet 
» ill I never be offended. Jems faid unto him, Verily I 
fay unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, 
thou fhalt deny me thrice, 1.. 75. And Peter remembered 
the words of Jefus, which he faid unto him, Before the 
cock crow, thou malt deny me thrice. And he went out, 
r.rd wept bitterly. 

iv Rob*, vi. 2i. What fruit had ye then in theft thing?, 
whereof ye are now afhamed? for the end of tho ; e things 
is death. Pfal. six. n. Moreover by them (me judg- 
ment cf tee Lord) is thy fcrvajxt warned : and in keeping 

Sefl. XIII. Tit Believer's RidMt. 247 

I hear the fools profanely talk, 
Thence wifdom learn in word and walk*: 
\ fee ihtm throng the pafTa^e broad, 
And learn to take the narrow road^*. 


The myftery of the faint's adverfaries and adverfities, 

A Lump of woe affliction is, 

Yet thence I borrow Jumps of blifs a : 

of them there is great reward.' And lxxiii. 17, 18, 19- 
Until I went into the fareluary of God: then underftood 
I their end. Surely thou didft let them in flippery places : 
thou cafledft them down into deftructton. How are 
they bi ought into desolation as in a moment! they 
are utterly con fumed with terrors. Jer. ii. J 9 Thine 
own w ckedne s (ball coneft tl ee, and thy backflidings 
fl-.all reprove tl ee : know therefore and ee, that it is an 
evil tl ir-g and bitter, that thou hah foriaken the Lord 
tr Ooci, and that my fear is not in thee, iaith the Lord 
Gcd cf noilr. 

,r job. xxi. 13, 14, 15. They fpend their days in 
wealth, and in a moment go do-wn to the grave. There- 
fore trey fay unto Gcd, Depart from us : for we defire 
not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, 
that we mould ferve him ? and what profit fhould we have 
if we pray unto him? Epl}. iv. 20, 21, 22. But ye have 
not lb learned Chrif: ; if 10 be that ye have heard him, 
and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jeius : 
that ye put ofV concerning the former conversation, the 
old man, which is corrupt accoiding to the deceitful 
luits. Ard v. 6, 7, 8. Let no man deceive yeu with vain 
words : for because of thefe things cometh the wrath of 
God upon tl e children of diiobed ence. Ee not ye theie- 
fore partakers with them. For ye Asere fome times dark- 
nc>, but now are ye hght in the Lord: walk as children 
of light, y. 11. And have no fellowship with the unfruit- 
ful work?; of darkrefs, but rather reprove them. 

y Matth. vii. 13, 14. Enter ye in at the {trait gate; 
for wide i<; the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to 
destruction, and many there be v. hich go in thereat; be- 

2^3 Gospel SonIiet^ Part III, 

Though few can fee a blefling io'r. 
It is my furnace and my mint /;. 

Its fharpnefs does my Infts d if patch c ; 

Irs fuddennefs alarms my watch </, 

Its bitternefs refines my rafte, 

And weans me from the creatures bread e. 

Its weigbtinefs doth try my back, 
That faith and patience be not flack/*: 
It is a fanning wind, whereby 
I am unchaff 'd of vanity £. 

oaufe fhrait is the gate, and narrow is the wjay which 

leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 

rf Heb. xii. ri. Now no chaftening fo.r the pre ent 
feemeth to be joyous, but grievous ; neverthelefs, after- 
ward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteouihefs, unto 
them which are exere'red thereby. James i. 12 ElefTed 
is the man that endureth temptation ; for when he is 
tried he mall receive the crown of life, which the Lord 
hath promifed to them that love him. 

b Ifa. xxxi. 9. And he [the A.fiyrian] Ibafl pa r s over 
tQ hu ftrong hold for fear, and his princes fhall be afraid 
of the enfign, faith the Lord, who r e fire is in Zior, and 
his furnace in Jerusalem. . 

c Pfal. xlv. 5. Thine arrows a^e fhar^in the heart of 
the King's enemies ; whereby the people fall under thee. 
' d Mark xiii. 35, 36, 37. Watch ye therefore, (for ye 
know not when the matter of the hou'e corneth s at c en, 
or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morn- 
ing), left coming fuddenlv, he find yon fleering. And 
what I fav unto you, I fay unto all, Watch. 

e Jer. ii. 19. See Utter w forec? ted.- And \v. 1?. T:r- T 
way and thy doings have procured the'.e things unto thee, 
this is thy wickednefs, becaufe it is bitter, becaufe it 
reacheth unto thine heart. 

/ James i. 2, 3, 4. My brethren, count it all jov 
when ye fall into clivers temptations: knowing this, that 
the trying of your faith worketh patience. Bu*- let pa 
euce have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and 
entire, wanting nothing. 

g Ifa. xrcvii. S, 9. In meafure when it fhooteth foi 

Setf. XIIT. The Believer's Riddle. 

A furnace to refine my grace h> 
A wing to lift my foul apace i ; 
Hence ft ill the more I fob diftreft, 
The more I fing my endlefs reft k. 

Mine enemies that feelcmy hurt, 

Of all their bad defigns come fhort / ; 

They ferve me duly to my mind, 

With favours which they ne'er defign'cl m* 

The fury of my foes makes me 
Tad to my peaceful refuge flee ;/ : 

2 49 

thcu wilt debate with it; he ftayeth his rough wind in 
the day of his eair wind. By this therefore fhall the ini- 
quity of Jacob be purged, and this is all the fruit to take 
away his fin. 

h Mai. iii. 3. And he [the me Terser of the covenant] 
' mall fit as a refiner and purifier of filver : antl he fhall pu- 
rify the fons of Levi, and purge them as gold and filver, 
that they may oiFer unto the Lord an offering in righto- 

i Pfal. cxjiil. 9. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine e- 
nemies : I flee unto thee to hide me. 

k 2 Cor. i'y. 16, 17. For which cav.fc we faint not, 
but though our outward man perifti, yet the inward man 
is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which 
is bot for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceed- 
ing and eternal weight of glory. 

/ Pal. xxxiii. 10. The Lord bringeth the counfel of 
the Heathen to nought; he maketfa the devices of the 
people of none effect. 

m Gen. ]. 20. And Tofeoh faid unto his brethren — As 
^pr you, ye thought evil againif me : bnt God meant it 
pnto good, to bring to pafs, as it is this day, to'fave 
much people alive. 

n Pfal. lv. 23. But thou, O God, malt bring them 
down into the" pit of deftruclion : bloody and deceitful 
men fhall not live cut half their dayr ; bnt I will in 

K 1 

a f o Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

And evVy persecuting elf 

Does make me understand myfclf e. 

Their flandcrs cannot work my frame p> 
Their vile reproaches raife my name q ; 
In peace with Krav'n my foul can dwell, 
E\' y n when they damn me down to hell r. 

tf My Ji»j Ifa- xlih 24. Who gave Jacob for a (bail, end 
Iirael to the robbers' did not the Lord, he agaiflft whom 
we Ylvc f.nned : for tbev would net walk in his ways, 
neither v/ere they obedient unto his law. JVly (fa '7, 
2. S^m. xvi. :;. 12. And David laid to Abifhai, and to 
ail his servants, Behold, my fon which came forth of my 
hovels, feeketh my life ; hqw much more now may this 
Benjamite do it r let him alone, and let him qur'e : for 
the Lord hath bidden him- It may he that the Lord will 
look en mine afnicicr, and that the Lord will requite 
me good for his cuffing this day. JNIic. vii. £, 9. Re- 
joice not againlr. me, mine enemy : when I fall, 1 fhall 
ari e ; when I ft in darknefs, the Lord mall be a light 
unto ire. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, be- 
cau'e I have finned againft him, until he plead my caufe, 
and execute Judgment for me : he will bring me forth to 
the light, and I fhall behold his righteofunefs. Mijafetft 
t?fal. ix. 9, lb. The Lord al'o will be a refuge 1 or the 
cpprefTed, a refuge in times cf trouble. And they that 
know thy name, wilj put their trail in thee. v. 16. The 
Lord is known by the judgment which ho executeth : the 
wicked h fnared in the work cf his own hands. Kig- 
r-aion, Seiah. 

p Pfah xxxi. 1 3> t4- For I have heard the fiance r of 
many, fear was on every fide, while they took covin el 
together againfi me, they deviled to take away my life 

at I trufied in thee, O Lord : I laid, Thou art my God. 

£ 1 Pet. iv. 14. If ye be reproached for the name cf 
Chrift, happy are ye ; for the Spirit c£ glory and of G& 
reiteth upon you: on their part he is evil ipoken cf, but 
on your part he is glorified. 

;• Numb, xxiii. 7, 8. And Balaam took up his parable, 
and laid, Ealak the king of Moab hath brought me from 
Aram, out of the mountains of eaft, faying, Come, cur'e 
me Jacob, and ccme defy Lraeh How fhall I cu:k\ 

Sea. XIII. The Believes Riddle* 2$ I 

Their fury can't the treaty harm/i 
Their pailion does my pity warm si 
Their oiadnefs only calms my blood /j 
By doing hurt they do me good u. 

whom God hath not cur.'ed? or how fhall I dcfy,whom the 
Lord hath not deiied? v. 23. Purely there is no enchant- 
ment againft Jacob, neither is there any divination a- 
gainil I rael : accoiding to this time it fbail be laid of Ja- 
cob, and of Israel, What hath Gcd wrought ? 

/ Prov. xxv i. 2. As the biid by wandering, as the fwal- 
low by flying, io the cur'e cau ele s mall not come. 

s 1 Pet. iii. 8, 9 Finalh, be ye all of one mind, hav- 
v ."inpaffion ore of another, love as brethren, be piti- 
ful, be courteous ; not rendering evil for evil, or railling 
for railling \ but contrariwise, bleffng; knowing that ye 
are thereunto called, that ye mould inherit a blemng. 

t Pfalrn, Ixix. 12, 13. They that fit in the gate i'peak 
againft me : and I was the long of the drunkards. But as 
for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, n an accepta- 
ble time : O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, 
in the truth of thy falvation. 

u Gen. 1. go. See letter m force ited. Either ix. 20,— 
25. And Mordecai wrote thefe things, and fent letters 
unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the 
King Ahaluerus, both nigh and far, to fiablifh. this among 
them, that thy fhould keep the fourteenth day of the 
month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the fame yearly : 
as the days wherein the Jewsrefted from their enemies, 
and the month which was turned unto them from forrov/ 
to joy, and from mourning into a good day : that they 
mould, make them days of ieaiHng and joy, and of lend- 
ing portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. And 
the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mor- 
decai h; d written unto them. Becauie Haman the fon of 
Hamm&datba the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, 
had devifed againft the Jews .to deftroy them, and had 
call Pur, (that is, the lot) to confume them, and to def- 
troy them: but when Either 'came before the King, he 
commanded by letters, that his wicked device which he 
devifed againft the Jews, mould return upon his own 
head, and that he and his fons fliould be hanged on the 

2>2 G o s r e l Sonnets, Part HI. 

They are my fordid Haves I ivot ; 
My drudges, though they know it not v: 
They actio me a kindly "parr, 
With little kindnefi in /heir heart fe; 

-y Jer. Xxv. 8, 9. Therefore tJiu* faith the Lord of 
hofts, Becaufe ye have rot hea^d my tarprds, behold I 
will r end and take all the families of the north, 'aith the 
Lord, and Nebuchadrez?ar the king of Bab- Ion mv fer- 

. yantj and will bring them againrt this la?d, and againft 
rhe inhabitants thereof, and againfl: all the'ie ha'tions round 
about, and will utterly dettroy them, and make them an 
aftonimment, and an biffing, and perpetual desolations. 
"V. 12. And it mail come to paf-, v. hen feventv rears are 
accomplifiied, that I will puniih the king of Babvlon and 
"hat nation, faith tbe Loid, for their iniquity, ard the 
"and of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual defla- 
tions. Ifa. x. 5, 6. O A (Tynan, the rod of mine ?nger 
and the ftaff in their hand is mine indignation. I will 
rend him againft an hypocritical nation ; and again ft the 
people of my wrath will I give him a charge to take the 
fpoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them flown like" 
*he mire of the ftreets. v. 12. Wherefore it mall come 
to pa r s, that when the Lord hath performed Kis whole 
work upon mount Zion, and on Jerusalem, I will punifh 
the fruit of the frout heart of the king of AfiVria, and 
the glorv of his high looks. And xliv. 24, 28. Thus faith 

( thy Redeemer, and lie that formed thee from the womb,' 
I am the Lord—that faith of. Cyrus, He is my fhepherd, 
and fnall perform all mv pleafure, even faying to Jem fa-' 
lem, Thou ihal f be built; and to the temple, Thy foun- 
dations (hall be laid. And xlv. 1. Thus faith the Lord to 
Kfe-%nointed, to Cvms, whofe right hand I have holder, 
+0 {libdne nations before him : and I will loofe the loins o£ 
Jungs fo open before him the two-leaved gate", and the 
prates fhal' not be (hut. v. 4. For Jacob rrW fervant's fake, 
and Israel mine eleeT, I have even called thee by thy 
Harriet I have furnamed thee, though thou haft not known 


iv v. rfc, it, 12. PleiTed a~c r'.ev wnicti are per- 
feciVted for riffhreoufnefs fake : for theirs is the kinpdom 
of heaven. BlefTed a v e ye wb«*i men revile yon, and per- 
f?cute you, and fhali fay all maimer of evil againfl: yocf 

Seen. XIV. Th Believers RiJJIs. 2 S3 

Thev fweep my onter-honfe when foul, 
Yea, wnfh inv inner fi'rh offonl x: 
They help ro purge away my blot, 
For Moab is my wafting pot y. 


The myftery of the Believer's pardon and fecurity from 
revenging wrath, notwithflanding his fin's defert. 

I, Thongb {\<y^ condemnation free, 

Find fnen condernnables in m?. 

As make more heavy wrath my c'ue 

Than i alls on all the damned crew a, 

falfely for my fake. Rejoiee. and be exceeding glad i 
for great is your reward in heaven : for fo persecuted 
they the prophets which were before you. Luke vi. 22, 
23. Bleiled are ye when men ftall bare you, and wren 
they ihall fepavate yen from their company, and frail re- 
proach Von, and caft out your name as evil, for the Son 
of man's fake. Kejoice yc in that day, ?nd leap for joy ! 
for behold, your reward is great in heaves: for in the 
like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 

x Ifa. iv. 2, 4, 5. And it Ihall come to pafs, that he that 
i'i left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, ft all 
be called holy, even everyone that is written among the 
living in Jemfalem : wlien the Lord ftall have wafhed a- 
-vay the filth of the daughters of Zion, and ftall have. 
purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midfr thereof, by 
the ipirit of judgment, and by the fpiritof burning. And 
•f-he Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount 
Zion, and upon her aiiemblies a cloud, and fmoke by day, 
and the ftining of a flaming fire bv night; for upon all 
rhe gtery ftall be a Helence. And xxvii. 9. By this there-* 
fore ftall the iniquity of Jacob be purged, and this i* all 
the fruit to take away his fin; when he maketh all the 
jlone^ of the altar as chalk fiones that are beaten in fun- 
cier, the grove" and linages ftall not j a ard up. 
. y P r al. lx. 8. jVTnjib is my waft-pot, &:c. 

p Rom, viii. 1. There is therefore now no ccrder^na- 

254 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

Bm though my crimes deferve the pit, 
I'm no more liable to it ; 


Remiffion fealcl with blood and death, 
Secures me from deferved wrath b. 

And having now a pardon fr^e, 

To hell obnoxious cannot be; 

Nor to a threat, except * anent * about* 

Paternal wrath and chaftifement c. 

fcion tc them wkich arc in Chrift Jems, vvho walk not al- 
ter the fie Hi, but after the Spirit. And vil 18. For I 
know that in me (that is, in my flefh) dwelleth no good 
thing; for to wili is prefent with me, but how to perform 
that which is good, I find not. I Tim i. 15, 16. This is 
a faithful faying, and worthy of all acceptation, that 
Chrift Jefus came into the world to fave Tinners ; of" whom 
I am chief. Hewbeit, for this caule I obtained mercy, 
that in me firff. Jefus Chriif. might ihew forth all loug-fuf- 
fering, for a pattern to them which mould hereafter be- 
lieve on him to life everlailing. 

b Gal. iii. 13. Chrift. hath redeemed us from the cur r e 
cf the law, being made a curfe for us : for it is written, 
Curled is every one that hangeth on a tree. Rom. v. 9. 
Much more then being now juttified by his blood, we fhall 
be faved from wrath through him. Eph. i. 7. In whom 
we have redemption through his blood, the forgivenefs of 
uns, according to the riches of his grace. ■ 

c 1 Theif. i. 10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, 
whom he raifed from the dead, even Jefus which' deliver- 
ed us from the wrath to come. I fa. liv. 9, jo. For this 
is a> the waters cf Noah unto me : for as I have fworn 
that the waters of Noah fhould no more go over the 
earth; fo have I fworn that I would not be wroth with 
thee nor rebuke thee. For the mountains fhall depart, 
and the hills be removed ; but my kindnefs fhall not de- 
part from thee, neither fhall the covenant of my peace 
be removed, faith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. 
Pfalm lxxxix. 30, — 33. If his children forfake my law, 
and walk not in my judgments : if they break my fta- 
tutes, and keep not my commandments: then will I vi- 
fit their tranfj^efEon with the rod, and their iniquity with 

Sea. XIV. The Believer's Riddle. 255 

My foul may oft be fill'd indeed 
With fhvifh tear and hclhfh dread d: 
This from my unbelief does fpring e, 
My faith fpeaks out fome better thing. 

Faith fees no legal guilt again, 
Though fin and it? deferts remain/": 
Some hidden wonders hence reiiilt : 
I'm full of fin, yet free of guilt g : 

Guilt is the legal bond or knot, 
That bind* to wrath and vengeance hot h - y 
But fin may be where guilt's away, 
And guilt where fin could never ftay. 

ftripes. Neverthelefs my loving-kindnefs vrill I no'.: ut- 
terly take from him, nor differ my faithfulness tc fail. 

d Matth. xir. 26, And when the difciples r aw Jefus 
walking on the fea, they were troubled, laying, It n a 
fpirit ; and they cried out for fear. 

r Mark iv. 4a And Jefus faid unto bis disciple:;, Wh,y 
are ye To fearful? how i> it that you have no faith I 

f Rom. vii 6. Bat now we are delivered from the law, 
that being dead wherein we were held ; that we fhould 
ferve in newnefs of fpirit, and not in the oldnel's of the 
letter. Chap. viii. 3, 4- For what the law could not do 9 
in that it was weak throurji the fiefb, God fending bis 
own Son in the likenefs of (infill flelh, and far (In con- 
demned fin in the fiefo: that the righteoufnefs cf the law 
might be fulfilled in u:, who walk not after the fieflj, bat 
after the Spirit. 

g Rdtti- iv. 14. For we know that the law is fpiritnal s 
feat I am carnal, fold under fin. Chap. viii. 33, 34. 
Who {hall lav any thing to the charge of God': elect: Ir 
is God that jufliifieth : who is he that condemneth ? It is 
Chrift that died, yea rather, that is rifen again, who is 
even at the right hand of Gcd, who alio maketa intercef- 
fionfor us. 

h Deut. xxvii. 26. Curfed be he that confirmeth net 
all the words of this law to do them 1 and all the people 
fha\l fay, Amen. Rom. i. 18. For the wrath of God is 
revealed from heaven againfr. all uugodimefs, and vuv 


Gospel Son-net?* 

Part III- 

Guilt without anv fin has been, 
As in my Surety may be (een, 
The elect's guito upon him came. 
Yet ftiil he was the holy Lamb i. 

Sin without guilt may like wife be, 
As may appear in pardon'd me : 
For though my fin, alas ! does flay, 
Yet pardon takes the guilt awav k. 

Thus fvee I am, yet flill involved ; 
A guilty (inner, yet abfolv'd /: 
Th'ptigh pardon leave no guilt behind, 
Yet fin's defert remains I find m. 

rightedufhefi of men, who hold the truth in unrighteous 

i I fa. liii. 6. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity 
of us all. Heb. vii. 26. For foch an High prieft became 
us, v/ho is holy, harmlefs, undefined, feparate from (ia- 

k Rom. vii. 24. O wretched man that I am ! who (hall- 
deliver me from the body of this death ? Acls stiii 3^? 
39- Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, 
that through this man is preached unto yon the forgive- 
nefs of fms : and by him all that believe are jufl ified from 
all things from which ye could not be juftifed by the iaw 
of Mefe*. 

/Rom. iii. 19. Nov/ we know that what, things foevcr 
the law faith, it faith to them who are under the law » 
that every mouth may be flopped, and all the world may 
become guilty before God. v. 23, 24 Potf all have fin- 
ned, and come mort of the glory of God ; being jutfifed 
f.eelv bv his grace, through the redemption that is in 

in Rom. iv. 6, 7, 8. Even as David al&defcriheth the 
bleffednefs of the man unto whom God hnpwteth righte-i 
oufnefs without works, faying, BlefTed are they who'e 
iniquities are forgiven, and whofe *'. rs pre covered. Bh 
fed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute f'n. 
P r ai. li. 2 4. for I acknowledge mv tranfgrefRcn' 
and my fin is ever pefore me. Againft thee,, thee only: 

Se#. XIV. The Believer's Riddle. 257 

Guilt and demerit differ here, 

Tbough oft' their names confounded are, 

I'nguiltv in tn\felf 'always, 

Since fin's d neirit ever ltays n. 


Yet fa ?72v /7'.W I'm always free 
From proper guilt affecting me \ 
Becaule mj Surety's blood -cancellM 
The bond of curies once me held 0. 

The su'df thv pardon did divorce, 
From teg*i threat nincrs drew its force p : 
Bur iii's defert that lodges 'dill, 
Is draw 1 from fin's intrinfic ill q. 

hive I G ' done tbis evil in thy fight : that thou , 

mighleft be juftified when thou ipeakel", and be clear 
when thou judged. And cxliii. 2. O Lord, enter not 
into judgment with thy iervant : for in thy fight mail no 
man living be juiiified. 

7; Rom- vii. 13, 14. Was then that which is good, 
made death unto me ? God forbid. But fin, that it might 
appear iin, working death in me by that which is good ; 
fiat (in by the commandment might become exceeding 
fnful. F01* we know that the law is fpiritual : but I am 
carnal, J 'o!cl under fin. Eph. v. 6. Let no man deceive 
v>u with vain words : for becau'e. of thefe things cometh 
tie wrath of God upon the children ofdifobedience. 

Rom- v. I. Therefore being, juftijfied by faith, we 
have peace with God,, through our Lord Jefus Chriit. 
% 9. Much more then being now iuftined by his blood, 
\\e (hall be feved from wrath through him. ~o. ri. And 
n>t pniv fo, but we alfo joy in God, through our Lord Je- 
fi$ Chrift, by whom we have now received the. atone- 

p Gal. ii*. JQ, For as many a-, are of the works of the 
lav, are under the curie : for it is written, Curfed is. 
eiery one that conlinueth not in all things which nre 
wjitten in the book of the law to do them. v. 1 3. Christ 
hih redeemed us from the curfe of the law, being made 
- urfe for us : for it is written, Curled is every one 
it hangeth on a trc . 

258 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

Were guilt nought elfe but fin's defert, 
Of pardon I'd renounce my part ; 
For were I now in heav'n to dwell, 
I'd own my Tins defer ved hell r. 

This does my htgheft wonder move 
At mat chiefs justifying love, thus fecures from endlefs death . 
A wretch defer ving double wrath f. 

q Pfal. H. 4- See letter m forecited. Luke xv. 18. I 
will wife, and go to my father, and will fay unto him, 
Father, I have Tinned againft heaven, and before thee. 

r Luke xv. i9.WA.1ld am no more worthy to be call- 
ed thy fon. Rev. v. 4. And I [John] wept much, be«* 
paufe no man was found worthy to open, and to read 
the book, neither to look thereon, t. 9. And theyfung 
a new fong, faying, Thou art worthy to take the took, 
and to open the feals thereof: for thou waft flain, and 
haft redeemed us to God bv thy blood, out of every kin- 
cred, and tongue, and people, and nation, -v. n, 12, 13. 
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round 
about the throne, and the beafts, and the elders; and the 
number of them was ten thoufand times ten thoufand, 
and thousands of thoufands ; faying, with a loud voice, 
"Worthy is the Lamb that was flain, to receive power, 
and riches, and wifdom, and itrength, and honour, and 
glory, and bleding. And every creature which is in hea- 
ven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and fuch a; 
are in the fea, and all that are in them, heard I, flying, and honour, and glory, and power be unto hin 
that fittcth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever 
drd ever. 

/ Rom, vit. 24, 25. O wretched man that I am ! wh> 
mail deliver me from the body of this death? I thane 
God, through Jefus Chriit cur Lord. Chap. viii. I. Thes 
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are h 
Chrift Jefus, who walk not after the fleih, but after tie 
Spirit. 1 Tim. i. 13 Who was before a blafphemer, aid 
a persecutor, and injurious. But I obtained mercy, b- 
cau'.e I did it ignorantiy, in unbelief, v. 15, 16, 17-TIis 
js a faithful faying, and worthy of all acceptation, tht 

Sea. XIV. The Believer's Riddle. 25c; 

Though well my black cltfert I know, 
Yet I'm not liable to wo ; 
While full and complete righteoufnefs 
Imputed for my freedom is /. 

Hence my fecurity from wrath 
As firmly (lands on Jems' death t, 
As does my title unto heav'n 
Upon his great • giv'n u. 

Chrifr. Jefus came into tike world to fave finners; of whom 

1 am chief. Howbeit, for this caufe I obtained mercy, 
t'.iat in me firft Jefus Chrilt might mew forth all long-fuf- 
fering, for a pattern to them which mould hereafter be- 
lieve on him to life everlafring. Now unto the King e- 
ternal, immortal, and invifible, the only wife God, be 
honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen. 

j I Cor. i. 3-. But of him are ye in Chrilt Jefus, who 
of God is made unto us — righteoufnefs. — and redemption. 

2 Cor. v. 2r. God hath made Chrifr. to be fin for us, who 
knew no f;n ; that we might be made the righteoufnefs of 
God in him. Rom. iv. 11. And he [Abraham] received 
the fign of circumcifion, a feal of the riohteou nefs of the 
faith, which he had yet being uncircumcifed : that he 
might be the father of all them that believe, though they 
be not circumcifed ; that righteoufnefs might be imputed 
unto them alfp. v. 22, — 25. And therefore it was im- 
puted to him for righteou'aefs. Nov.' it was not written 
1 or his fake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for 
v.s alfo, to whom it mall be imputed, if we believe on 
him that raifed up Je'us our Lord from the dead, who 
was delivered for our oifences, and was rai.'ed again for 
pur j unification. 

t Roki. v. 9. Much more then bejng now juftined by 
Lis blood, we {hall be faved from wrath through him. 

:/ Rom. v. 17, 18, 19 — rThey which receive abundance 
ex g~ace, and of the gift of righteoufnefs, mall reign in 

e bv one, Jefu3 Chrift.—rUy the ri-Thteoufnefs of one, the 
iVee-gift came upon all men unto j unification of life. — 3y 
the obedience of one fhail many be made righteous, v. 21. 
Gnice reigns through righteoufnefs unto eternal life, by 
Jefus Chrift our Lord. 


Part III. 

260 Gospel Sonnets. 

The fentence Heav'n did full pronounce, 
Has pardon'd all my fins at once ; 
And ev'a from future crimes acquit, 
Before I could the ft&s commit v. 

I'm. always in a pardon'd Mate 
Before and after fin «id; but yet, 
That vainly I prefume not hence, 
I'm feldom pardon'd to my fenfe x. 

v Pfalm ciii. 3. Blefs the Lord, O my foil,*— ^wHo for- 
give th all thine iniquities ; who he ale th all thy difeafes. 
2 Cor. v. 19. God was in Chrift. reconciling the world un- 
to himfelf, not imputing their trefpafles unto them. v. 21. 
Set letter s above-e ted. Dan. ix. 2« f . Seventy weeks are 
determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to 
finifh the trani'grefficn, and to make an end of fins, and 
to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in ever- 
lafting righteoufhefs. Ifa. liv. lb. For the mountains 
fhall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindnefs 
fhall not depart from thee, neither fhall the covenant of 
my peace be removed, faith the Lord, that hath mercy 
on thee. Heb. viii. 12. Fori will be merciful to their 
unrighteouihefs, and their fins and their iniquities will I 
remember no more. 

iv Rom. viii, 1. There is therefore now no condem- 
nation to them which are in Chrift Jefur, who walk 
not after the fled, but after the Spirit v* 33, 34, 35, 
37i 38, 39. Who fhall lay any thing to the charge of 
God's elect? It Is God that luftifieth : who is he that 
condemneth : It is Chrift that died, yea rather, that is 
rifen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who 
alfo maketh interceffion for us. Who fhall feparate u~ 
from the love of Chrift, fhall tribulation, or diflrefs, or 
persecution, or famine, or nakednefs, or per:!, cr {word? 
Nay, in all the e thmgs we are more than conquerors, 
through him that loved us. For I am perfuaded, that 
neither death, nor life, nor angel?, nor principalities, 
nor power?, nor thing- prefent, nor things to come, nos 
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, fhall be able 
to feparate us from the love cf God which is in Chrift Je- 
fas our Lord. 

x P:al. *xv. IX. For thy name's fake, O Lord, par- 

Se6t. XV. The Bdisver's Riddle. 261 

Sin brmos a venoeance on my head. 
Though from avenging wrath 1 in treed y. 
And though my tins all pardon'd Ik , 
Their pardon's not apply d to me z. 

Thus though I need no pardon more, 
Yet need new pardons cv'ry hour \. 
In point of application free ; 
Lord, wufh anew, and pardon me. 


The myftery of Faith and Sight, of which more, Part VI. 
Chap. i,-. 

S T R A NG£ contradictions me befal, 
I can't believe unlets I lee a ; 

don mine iniquity \ for it is great. And li. 8, 9. Make 
me to hear joy and gladnefs ; that the bones which thou 
haft broken ma v rejoice. Hide thv face from my fins; 
and blot out all mine iniquities, v. 12. Reiiore unto me 
the joy of thy ialvation; and uphold me with thy free 

y Pfal. xcix. 8. Thou aniweredft them, O Lord our 
God : thou wait a God that forgavefl them, though thou 
tookeit vengeance of their inventions. 1 The a", i. io. 
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he railed 
from the dzid, even Jefus which delivered us fxpm tha 
x. rath to come. 

z Pial. xxxv. 3. O Lord, fay unto my foul, I am thy 
falvation. And Ixxxv. 3. I will hear what God the Lord 
will i'rjeak ; tor he will fpeak peace unto his people, and 
to his faints : but let them not turn again to folly. 
Matth. ix. 2. And behold, they brought to him a man 
l:ck of the palfy, lying en a bed : and Jefus feeing their 
faith, laid unto the fick of the palfy, Soc, be 0/ good 
cheer, thy hns be forgiven thee. 

f iVJatth. \ i. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we for- 
give our debtors. I John i. 7, 8. If we walk in the 
light, as God is in the light, we have fellow mip one 
with another, and the blood of Jefus CluLl his Son cleanf- 

262 Gospel Sonnets. Vtn 111. 

Yet never can believe at all, 

Till onse I fhut the feeing ey« b* 

When fight of fweet experience 

Can give my faith no helping hand c, 

The fight of found intelligence 

Will give it ample ground to (land d. 

I walk by faith, and not by fight e: 
Yet knowledge does my faith refound/^ 

eth us from all fin. If we fay, that we have no fin, we 
deceive ourielves, and the trufch is not in us. 

a John vi. .40. And this is the will cf him that fent me, 
that every one which feeth the Son, and believetk on him, 
, may have everlafting life. 

b John xx. 29. Jems faith unto him, Thomas, becaufe 
thou haft feen me^ thou haft believed: ble fled are they 
that have not ieQu. and yet have believed. 

c Ifa. viii. 1 7. And I will wait upon the Lord that h»d- 
eth his face from the houfe of Jacob, and I will look for 
him- Chap. 1. 10. Who is among you that feareth the 
Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his fervant, that walk- 
eth in darknefs, and hath no light, let him truft in the 
name of the Lord, and ftay upon his God. 

d Eph. i. 15,-19. Wherefore I alfo, after I heard of 
your faith in the Lord Jefus, and love unto all the faints, 
ceafe not to give thanks for you, making mention of you 
in my prayers; thit the God of our Lord Jefus Chrifr^ 
the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wis- 
dom and revelation, in the knowledge of him; the eyes 
of your underftanding being enlightened; that ye may 
know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches 
of the glory of his inheritance in the faints, and what is 
the exceeding greatnefs of his power to us-ward who be- 
lieve, according to the working of his mighty power, Zzc, 
2 Cor. iv. 6. For God who commanded the light to mine 
out of darknefs, hath mined in our hearts, to give the 
light of the knowledge of the glorv of Gzd y in. the face 
of Jefus Chrift. 

e 2 Cor. v. 7. For we walk by faith, no thy fight. 
/John ii. 11. This beginning of miracles did Jefus La 

Sett. XV. The Believer's Riddle. 263 

Which cannot walk but in the light g t 
Ev'n when experience runs a-ground h. 

By knowledge I difcern and fpy 
In divine light the object i'hown i; 

By faith I tike and clofe apply 

The glorious object as mine own k. 

My faith thus (lands on divine light^ 

Believing what it clearly fees /; 
Yet faith is oppofite to fight 

Trurting its ear, and not its eyes ttu 

Faith lifVning to a fweet report, 

Still comes by hearing, not by fight n \ 

Yet is not faith of laving fort, 

But when it fees in divine lijht 0. 

Cana of Galilee, and manifefted forth his glory ; and hh 
difciples believed on him. 

g Pfalm ix. 10. And they that know thy name will put 
their truft in thee. 

h Piklm xxxvii. 14. Wait on the Lord; be of good 
courage, and he mall ftrengthen thine heart ;, 1 fay, 
on the Lord. 

i 2 Cor. iii. iS. But we all with open face, beholding as 
in a glafs the glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame 
image, from glory to glory, even as by che Spirit of the 

k John i. 1 1. Bj: as many as received him, to there 
gave he power to become the ions of GoJ, even to them 
chat believe on his name. 

/ Gal. i. 16 But when it pleafed God — to reveal his Son 
in me, that I might preach him among the Heathen \ irn- 
mediate y I conferred njt with flelh and b'ooi. 

m Cph. i. 1 3. In Chriit ye aifo trailed after that ye heard 
thewoidof truth, thegofpelof yom falvation. 

n Rot), x 17. S:> then, faith cometh by hearing, and 
hearing by the word of God. 

Pfalm xxxvi. 7. How excellent is thy loving-kindneft, 
O G > 1 ! therefore the children of men put their crntt under 
the ihadow of thy wing;. <u. 9. For with thee is the foun- 
tain of life : in thy li»ht (hall we fee li$hc. 

264 Gospel Sonnets. Part III 

In fears I fpend my vital breath, 

In doubts I Wcdte my palling years p ; 

Yet it ill the life I live is faith, 

The oppofite of doubts and fears q. 

'Tween clearing faith and clouding fenfe, 

I walk in darknefs and in light /•. 
Vrn certain oft, when in fufpenfe, 

While Cure by faith and not by fight/^. 

p Pfalm lxxvii. 7, 4. I remembered God, and was trou- 
bled : I complained, and my fpirit was o/eiwhelmed Se- 
lah. Thou holdeit mine eyes waking; 1 am fo troubled 
that I cannot fpeak. John xx. 2;. Uut Thomas fa id' unto 
the other difuples,- Except I lhallfee in his hands the print 
or the nails, and put my finder into the print cf the nails, 
and thrult my bund into his fide, I will not believe. Luke 
xxiv. 2i- We trurkd that it had been he which Ihould have 
redeemed Ifraei. 

q Gal ii. 10 I am crucified with Chrift : Nevcitheltfs 
I live \ yet not I, but Chrilt liveth in mc: and the lire 
which I now live in the fleih, I live by the faith oi the Son 
of God, who loved mt v and gave himfelf for me. Mark v. 
•?6. As foon as jtfus heaid the word that was fpoken, he 
faith unto the ruler of the fynago^ue, Be not afraid, only 
believe. Match, viii. 26 And Jefus faith unto his difciples, 
Why'are ye fo fearful, O ye of little faith i Chap, xiv- - 1 , 
And Jefus faid uqco Peter, thou of Jittle faith, wherefore 
didir. thou doubt ? 

r Job xxix. I, 2, : . Moreover, Job continued his parable, 
and laid, Oh that I were as in months paft/ <>s in the days 
when God preferved me : when his candle •lhincd upon nay 
head, and when by his li^ht I walked through darkneis Pfaii 
cxii. 4 Unto the upright there aiileth light in the darkneis. 

f 1 Pet. i. "-.. Whom hiving not fecn, yciove; in whom 
though now ve fee him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with 
ioy unfpeakable, and full of t;!ory. Horn. iv. r, — z;. A- 
biaham a^ainlt hdpe, believed in hope, that he might bc- 
coare the father of many nations > according to that which 
was fpoken, So lhall thy feed be. And being not weak hi 
faith, heconhJcied not his own body now dead, when he 
wa> about an handled vear> oid, neither yet the dcadnds of 
Sarah's womb. He ftaggered not at the j romile of God 
through unbelief > but v/a< Itrong in faitli s givttig ^lory to 


Sea. XVf. The Believer's foddk. 26? 


The mvfi'ery of Faith and Works, and reward: cf Gr-j 
and Debt. 

I. Of Faith and Works, 


He that in word ofFendeth not, 

Is callM a perferft man I wot a 5 

Yet he whole thoughts and deeds are bad. 

The law- perfection never had I* 

T am deflgn'd a perfect fou!, 
Ev'n though I never kept the whole* 
Nor any precept*; for 'tis known, 
He breaks them all, that breaks but one 

God; and being fully pcrfua led, that what he b*d pronuf" 
ed, he was able alfo to perform. Pfalm lxxxix. ^6, — -5c* 
His feed fh7.ll endure for ever, and his throne as the fan be 
fore me. . it fhali be established for ever as tfce moon, and 
as a faithful witnefs in heaven. Selah. But rhcu haft caH 
off and abhorred, chou halt been wroth with thine anointedv 
Thou halt made void the covenant of thy frrvant : thou h*fr> 
profaned his crown, by calling it to the ground. 

a James iii. 2. If any man offend njet in woid, the fame 
is a perfect man, and able alfo to bridle the whole body. 

b James ii. 10. Forwhoioever fhailkfcp the whole lax, 
and yet oifend in one point He is guilty of all. 

c Rom. iv. c, 6. To him that worketh not, but believetS 
on him that jultiflech the ungodly, his faith is counted fou 
n^hceoufnefs. Even as David alfo defcribeth the blcffsd- 
n^fs of the man unto whom God imputeth righteoufnefs 
without works. Job. i. I. There was a man in the land 
of Ux, whofename was Job, and that man was perfect an ] 
upright, and one that feared God, and efchewed evil. 
Pfal. lx:ci. 16. I will »o in the flrengrh of che Lord God ; 
I will make mention of thy righteoufnefs, even of ihifit 
only. Bed. vii. 20. For there is net a jult man upon earthy 
hat doth good, and finotth not. 
d James ii. 10. S^e letter b. 


266 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

By faith I do perfcftion claim c, 
By works I never grafp the name/": 
Yet without works my faith is nought g, 
And thereby no perfection brought. 

Works without faith will never fpeed h 9 
Faith without works is wholly dead i : 
Ye?t I am juftify'd by faith, 
Which no law -works adjutant hath k. 

e Phil. hi. 9. I count all things but dung, that I may 
win Chriit, and be found in him, not having mine own 
righteoufnefs, -which is of the law, but that which is 
through the faith of" Chriit, the righteoufnefs which is of 
God by faith. 

f Gal. ii. 16. Knowing than a man is' not juftified by 
the works of tne law, but by the faith of Jefus Chriit ; 
even we have believed in Jefus Chriit y that we might be 
juitified by the faith of Chriit, and not by the works of the 
law : for by the works of the law ihall no flem be justified. 

g James ii. 14. What doth it profit, my brethren, though 
a man fay he hath faith, and have no: works ? can faith 
fave him ? 

h Heb. xi. 6. Without faith it is impoflible to pleafe 
God ; for he that Cometh to God, mult believe that he is, 
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently feek him. 
Rom. xxiv. 23. Whatsoever is not of faith, is (in. 

i James ii. 17. Even fo faith if it hath not works, is 
dead being alone. 11. 26. For as the body without the Spi- 
rit is dead, Co faith without works is dead alio. 

k Rom. iii. 21, 22. But now the righteoufnefs of God 
without the law is manifelted, being witnefTed by the law 
and the prophets y even the righteoufneis of God which is 
bv faith of Jefus Chriit unto all, and upon all them that 
believe s for there is no difference. Chap. iv. 4, 5, 6. 
Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of 
grace, but of debt. Hut to him that worketh not, but be- 
lieveth on him that juftifieth the ungodly, his faith is 
counted for righteoufnefs. Even as David alfo defcribeth 
the bleffednefs of the man unto whom God imputeth righ- 
teoufrrcfs without work*. 


Seft. XVI. The Believer's Riddle. 261 

Yea, gofpel works no help can lend /, 
Though (till they do my faith attend m : 
Yet faith by works is per j "eft made. 
And by their prefence juftify'd n. 

But works with faith could never vie, 
And only faith can juftify : 

/ Phil. iii. 4, — j. If any orher man thinkech that he 
hath whereof he might trait in the flefh, I more: — touch- 
ing the righteoufnefs which is in the law, blamelefs. But 
whac things were gain to me, thofe I counted lofs for 
Chrift. Yea doubtiefs, and I count all things but lofs, for 
the excellency or che knowledge of Chrift Jeias my Lord ; 
for whom I have fuffered the lofs of all things, and do 
count them but dung, that I may win Chriff, and be found 
in him, not having mine own righteoufnefs, which is of 
the law, but that which is through the faith of Chnft, the 
righteoufnefs which is of God by faith. l(a. lxiv. 6. Bur. 
we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteoufnetTes 
areas filthy rags. Hof. xjii. 9. O Ifrael, thou hail def- 
troyed thyfelf, but in me is thine help. Ifa. xlv. 2.1, 25- 
Surely, ihallonefay, in the Lord have I righteoufnefs and 
ftrength ; even to him ihall men come, and all that are in- 
cenfed againft him lhall be afhamed. In the Lord Ihall all 
the feed of Ifrael bejuftified, and ihall glory. 

m Tit. iii. S. This is a faithful faying, and thefe things 
I will that thou affirm conftantly, that they which have be- 
lieved in God, might be careful to maintain good works i 
thefe things are good and profitable unto men. James ii. 
18. Yea, a man may fay, Thou halt faith, and I have 
works : ihew me thy faith without thy works, and I will 
ihcw thee my faith by my works. 

n James ii. 11, 22. Was not Abraham our father jultifi- 
cd by works, when he had offered Ifaac his fon upon the 
altar? Seeit thou how faith wrought with his works, and 
by works was faith made perfect ? <v. 24.. Ye fee then how 
tfut by works a man is juftified, and not by faith only. 

Rom. iv. 1 5. Therefore it is of faith, that it might: 
be by grace ; to the end the promife might be Pure to all 
the feed. Titus iii. 4,-7. But after that the kindnefs 
and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by 
workj of righteoufnefs, which we have done, but accord- 
ing to his mercy he fayed us by the walhing of regeneration, 

zCS GqspU Sonnets. Parr HI- 

Yet ftill myjuflifying faith 
No juftifying value ha:h/>. 

Lo, jollifying grace from heaven 
Is foretgq ware, and freely giv'n q; 
And Hiving faith is well content 
To be a mere recipient r. 

Faith's a Rive in my fahCtity f ; 
But h?r$ its ace it wi'l deny /, 

%nd renewing of the Holy Ghofl : which he Hied on us abun< 
danrly, through Jems Chrift oar Saviour ; that being juiti- 
;fied by hi? gr-^cc, we mould be made heir* according to ths 
hope of eternal life. Acts *• 43. To him gave all the pro- 
phets witneis; that through his name, whofocver believeth 
in him, lhall receive remiflion of fins. 

"i O^l iii i"t| ■•, Is the law then againft the promifes 
of God \ God forbid ; for if there had been a law given 
whih could have given life, verily ri^hceoufnefs lhould, 
have been by the law. But the fcriprure hath concluded all 
under fin, that the promife by faith of Jefus Chi lit might 
}>e given to them that believe. Lukexxii. 31, 32. And the 
Lord faid, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan har.h cfefired to 
hive you, that he may fift you as wheat ; but I have pray- 
ed for thee, that thy faith fail not ; and when thou art con- 
Verted itrengthen thy brethren. 2 Cor. iii. r. Not that 
we ate fufficient of ourfelves to think any thing as of our- 
felves : but our fuSciency is of God Chap. xii. 5. Of iuch 
an one will I glory) yet of s myfelf I will not glory, but 
in mine infirmities. 

7 Rom v. i^, 17. — The free gift is of many offences 
unto jrftification.— They which receive abundance or grace, 
and of the gift of rii?hteoufnefs. ih D reign in life by one, 
Jefus Chrift. Chap, iii 4 Being juftified freely by his 
grace, through the redemption that is in Jefus Chrift. 

r Rom v. 11 And not only fo, but we alfojoy in God, 
through our Lord Jefus Chrift, by whom we have now re- 
ceived the atonement, v. 17. See letter q. 

/"Gal. v. 6 F-^r in Jefus Chrift, neither circumcifion a- 
vaileth any thing, nor uncircmrcifion, bur faith vhich 
worketh by love. Acls %v. 9 God put no difference be- 
tween us and them, purifying their hearts by faith Chap. 
yxvi. xl>. To open their eyes, and to turn them from*kik- 

Seft. XVI. The Bilkvts'i Riddle. 269 

And frankly own it never went 
Beyond a pajfive initrument /. 

I labour much like holy Paul ; 

And ytc not I, bur grace does all u ; 

I try to fpread my little iails, 

And wait for pow'riul moving gales v. 

When powVs conveyed, I work; but fee, ' 

1 ris it i i 1 hispow'r that works in me. 

I am an agent at his call, 

Yet nothing am, for grace is all <w. 

nefs to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that 
they may receive forgivenefs of fins, and inheritance a- 
mong them Which are fan&ifted by faith thai is in me. 

j Horn. iv. 16. Therefore it is of faun, that it might be 
by grace. Chap. xi. 6. And if by gJace, then is 1: no 
more of works \ ocherwife grace is no more grace. 

/ Eph. ii. 8, 9. For by grace are ye faved, through 
faith; and that not of vourfelves : i: is the gift of God: 
not of works, left any man fhould boait. 1 Cor. iv. 7. 
For who makech thee to diifcr from another ? and wha- 
h.Jt thou chit thou noc receive ? now it thou diuft re- 
ceive ic, why doit thou glory as if thou had it not received 
it? Heh. xi. ii. Through faith alfo Sarah herfelf rcceived 
itrength to conceive feed, and was delivered ot a child 
when lh? was paic age, becaufe ihe judged him faithful v/ho 
had promifed v. 17. By faith Abraham, when he was 
tried, offered uplfaac: and he thr. t h:.d :.:.: ,:d the pro- 
mites, offered up his only begotten fun : ? . ic. Account- 
ing cliac God was able to r.iife him up, even fcorri the dead ; 
from whence alfo he received him in a figure. ■©* 35. Wo- 
men received their dead railed to life a^ain ; and others 
w:re tortured, nor accepting deliverance , that they might 
obtain a bet:er rdurreition. 

u 1 Cor xv. 10. But by the grace of God I am what I 
am ; and his grace which was beftowed upon We, was noc 
in vain; out I laboured more abundantly than they all: 
ye: noc I, but the gra£e of God which was with me. 

v Plalm lxxi. 16. I will go on in the ftr t ;ni;ch of the Lord 
Cod : T will make mention of thy righteoufneis, even of 
thine onlv. Song iv. 16. Awake, O north wind, and come, 
thou fouth, blow upon my garden, that the fpicts thereof 
may fijw oat. ■ 

O z 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Par: III. 


II. Of rewards cf Gra.ce and Debt 

I N ail my vvork^ I ftill regard 
The recompense of full reward x ; 
i'et inch my working is withal, 
1 look for no reward at allj>. 

God's mv reward exceeding prear 
Ko leffer beav*n than this 1 wait z : 

iv Phil, ii- l-'a 13. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have 
nhvays obeyed, not as in my prefence only, but m-w much 
more in my abience : work out your own falvation with 
tear, and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you 
both, to will and to to do of his good plcafarc. Gal ii. ; 
I am crucified with Ckriit : Neyerjhelefs I Iive> ycc not I, 
but Chriicliveth in me: and the life which 1 now Jive in the 
flelh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, 
and gave himfelf for me. 2 Cor xij. c. And the Lord (aid 
unto me, My grace is fuflicient for thee \ for my (length i$ 
made perfect in weaknefs. Matt gladly thercfoie will I 
lathergLory, in my infirmities, that the power ot'Chiift 
may reit upon mc. » 

x Heb. xi. 24, 25, 26. By faith Mofes, when he was 
X'ome to" years, refuftd to be called the fon of Pharaoh'* 
<iaii£;hter : c hoofing rather to furler arBicf ion with the peo- 
j'\e of God, than to enjoy the pleafures of fin for a fealon ; 
citeeming the reproach or Chrifi greater riches than the 
rhetrca fares in F.gypc ; for he had refpec* unto the recom- 
mence of the reward. 

V 1 Tim. i. 9 God hath faved us, and called us with 
an holy calling, not according tu our works, but according 
to his own purpofe ami grace which was given us in Chiii; 
Jcfus, before rhe woild began. Titus oi. \. Not by woiks 
of righteonfnefs, which we have done, bur according to his. 
mercy he faved us by .the wafhing ol- regeneration, and re- 
newing of t^e Holy Gho/L 

jc Gen xv. 1. After theCe things the word of rhe lord 
came unto Abram in a vifion, faying, Fear not, Abram : I 
am thy ihidd., and thy exceeding grear reward. Pfal. 
ixxiii. zc;, ; _6. Whom have I in heaven but thee ? and there 
is none upon earth that I defire behe'es thee. My flefh and 
my heart faileth : but God is the ilrer.^th of my heart, anC 
my portion for ever. " 

a. XVI. 7> JiJUvcKS RidJifr 2 ■;. 

Boi wbere's the earning work fo broad, 
To fct me up an heir oi Gud a \ 

Rewards of debt, rewards of grace^ 
Are oppofices in ev'ry caie h ; 
Yet (bre 1 am they'll both agree 
Moft jointly in rewarding met. 

Though hell's my juft reu .ird for fm d 
Heav'n as my jutr reward I'll win e. 

a trek, xxxvi. -22. Nor for vour fakes do I this, fate!-. 
the" Lord God, be k known unto you : be afnamed and con- 
founded ioi your own ways, O houfe of If:ae'. J\om.viii. 

1 17. The Spirit nfelf h.eareih witnefs with our lunit, 
that ve arc the children of God And if chtldien, then 
l.viri j heirs of Cod, and joint heiis with Chnft. 

i Rom. iv. 4 . Nov to him that worketh, is the rem aid 
rot reckoned ofgr^ce, but of debc. 

c lvui. 1 1. Verity there is a reward for the ri«>hre- 
ous : verily he is a God that jud^eth in the earth. Tfa lxij. 
*r. Behold, theLoid hath proclaimed unco the end of the 
vorld, Say yero :ae daughter of Zion, Behold, thy falva- 
tion cometh j behold, his rewaid js with him, and his 
Voik before him. And jcl. ic. Behold the lord God will 
* o re with ttronjj hard, ar>d his at m mall inle for him ; be- 
hold his reward is with him, and his woik before him. 

d Rom. vi. 21. What fruit had ye then in thofe things, 
wheuot ye are now aibamed ? for the end of thofe things is 
death. *, 2^. The wages* of fin is death . Eph. v. 6. Let 
no utan deceive you with vain words : for becaufeof thelc 
things cometh the wraih of God upon the children of difobe- 

.uce. Gal iii 10. For as many as are of the woiks or. 
» he lav, are under theeurfe: for it is written, Cuifed is 
tvery ore tha4 contireeth nor jn ail tfcogs which are yflit 
ten in the book of the iaw to do them. 

t Gal. iii. jr, 14, Chnff hath redeemed us from the 
cuifeof the l.-iv, bein^ made a curfe for us : for it is wiir- 
ren, Cuifed is every one that hangeth on a tree : that the 
blitfini: of Abraham mi^htcome on the Gentiles thresh 
lefiw Chiift^ thjt ve mij,ht receive the pomife of the 
Spirit through faith. Eph* i. n, jj. In Chnltalfo af- 
ter that ye believed, ye were feaied with that holy Spirit of 
piomiie, which is the earneft of ourjJicritarice, until the 

icjpfif tion oi the f tin haft d rof^l ft, puto the fiaifc < 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part III, 


Both thefe my juft rewards I know, 
Yet truly neither of them ib *. 

Hell can't in juftice be my lot, 
Since jultice iatisfaction got/, 
Nor heav'n in juliice be my Ihare, 
Since mercy only brings me there g. 

Yet heav'n is mine by folemn barb, 
In juft ice and in mercy both h : 

his «lory. Rom. v. 21. Grace reigns through righteoufnefs 
unco eternal life, by Jefus Chrift our Lord. And vi fcit 
The gifcof God is eternal life, through Jefus Chnlt our Lord. 

* Through theft oppcfitt -voices of law andgofpcL 

fRom. iii. 2n, 26. Whom God hath fee forth to be a 
propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his 
righteoufnefs for the remiflion of fins that are pafl through . 
the forbearance of God ; to declare, I fay, at rhis time 
his righteoufnefs ; that he might be jutf, and the juitifler 
of him which believeth in Jefus. 

£ Rom. ix. 15. if\. God faith to Mofe>, I will have 
mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have com- 
panion on whom I will have companion. So then if is not or 
Kim that willeth, nor of him that runneth ^ but of God that 
iheweth mercy. Titus iii. 4, — 7. But after chat the kind- 
nefs and love of God ourSavionr toward man appeared, not 
by works of righteoufnefs which we h^vc done, but accord- 
ing to his mercy he faved us bv the walhing of regeneration 
and renewing of the Holy Ghofc : which he ihed or; us a- 
buudantly, through jefus Chriif. • chat being jultified bv 
his grace, we lhould be made heirs according to the hope of 
eternal life. 

h Pfal. lxxxix. 35, 56. Once have I fworn by my holinefs, 
that 1 will not lie unco David. His feed lhall endure ror 
ever, and his throne as the fun before me. Heb . vi. i-,i v . 
v \ herein God willing more abundantly to Ihew unto tiu 
heirs of promife the immutability of his council, confirmed 
it by an oath ; that by two immutable things, in which it 
wis impolliblefbr God tolie, we might have a ihong con- 
folation, wiio have fled foTrefugc to lay hold upon the hope 
fet before us. Pfal. lxxxix. 14. J uiticc and judgment are 
the habitation of thy thrones mercv and truth fhall go be- 
fore thy face. r. 1 2. In thynarss :h:Ul they rejoice all thq 

left. XVI. Th Betitvexr* Rid^c. 273 

4nd God in Chrift is all my ti nit, 
Bcciufe lie's merciful and juft f. 


HERE is the riddle, whcre's the man 

Of judgment to expound \ 
For maftsrs fairfd that cannot fcan, 

In Ifrael nny be found a. 

We jliItIv thofe in vvifdom's lift 

EltabbuVd faints may call, 
\Vhofe bitter-fweet experience blcil 

Can clearly grafp it all b. 

day: and in thy rigbteoufnefs mall they be exalted, e; 21. 
But my faithfulnefsand my mercy ihai] be with him [David 
myfervant] ; and in my name lhail his horn be exalted. 
«:■. 2^. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, 2nd my 
covenant lhail ftand fair, with him- 

i Keb. ii. 17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to 
be made like unco his brethren : that he mii;hc be a mein- 
f ul and fa khrul high prielr, in things pt irainin^ to God, to 
make reconciliation for the fins of the people, i John i. 
7, c , 0. if we walk in the li^ht, as God is in the light, 
we baye fel'.ovlhip one with another, and the blood or ]e- 
fus Chnlt his Son dfaafcth us ft m all fin. If we fay that 
we have no (in, we deceive ourfelves, and toe tiu'h is not 
in us H we confefs our fins, he is faithful, and juft to 
forgive us our fins, and to cleanfe us from all unri^htcouf- 

a John iii. 10. Jefus anfwercd and faid unto Niccdtmus, 
Art thou a maJicr oi Ifrael, and knoweft not thefe things ? 

c Matth. xi 3;. At that time Jefus anfwered and faid, 
I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, becaule 
rhoi: haft hid thefe things from the wife ar.d prudent, and 
bait revealed them onto babes. Andxiii. II. jefus anfwercd 
and laid unto his difejpies, Becrufe it is gtven untovou to 
know the mytfesies oj the kingdom of heaven, hue to frbeiQ 
k is nor giver.. 

274 Gospel Sonnets. Part III. 

Some babes in grace may mint * and mar, * try. 

Yet aiming right fucceed c : 
But Jlr angers they in Ifr'el are, 

Who not at all can read d. 

c i Cor. iii. I, i. And I, brethren, could not fpeak tin- 
to you as untofpiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto 
babes in Chrifl. I have fed you with milk, and not with 
meat : for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet 
now are ye able. Heb. v. 12, j-, 14. For when for the 
time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach 
you again which be the firft principles of the oracles of God; 
and are become (uchas have need of milk, and not of Itrong 
meat. For every one that ufeth milk is unskilful in the 
word of righteoufne fs ; for he is a babe. Eut ftrong meat 
belongeth to them that are of full age, even thofe who, by 
reafonof ufe, have their fenfes exercifcd to difcern both 
good and evil. And vi. 1. Therefore leaving the principles 
of the doctrine of Chrifl, let us go on unto perfection ; not 
laying again.the foundation of repentance from dead works, 
and of faith towards God, &c. 1 johnii. 12, 13. I write 
unto you, little children, becaufe your (ins are forgiven you 
for his name's fake.— I write unto you little children, be- 
caufe ye have known the Father. 

^2 Cor. iv. 3, 4.. But if our gofpel be hid, it is hid to 
them that are loft: in whom the god of this world hath 
blinded the minds of them whichbelieve not, left the light 
of the glorious gofpel of Chrift, who is the image of God, 
ihould Ihine unto them. 

The End of ibs Believer's Riddle. 


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The Believer's Lodging and 
Inn while on Earth: 

A Poem ar Paraphrafe r^^/2 Pfalm lxxxiv. 

Vcr I. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of holls ! 

JEHO V A H, Father, Son, and Holy Ghoft, 
Sole Monarch of the univerfal hoft, 
Whom the attendant armies (till revere, 
Which in bright robes furround the higher fpherei 
Whofe fov'reign empire fways the hellrfh band 
Of ranked legions in th' infernal land ; • 

Who hold' ft Che earth at thy unrivall'd beck, 
And ftay'h; proud forces with a humbling check ; 
Ev'n thou whole name commands an awful dread, 
Yet deigns to dwell with man in very dtcd ; 
O what refrefhmo.t fills the dwelling place 
Of thine exuberant unbounded grace i 
Which with tweet pow'r doesjoy and praife extort. 
In Zion's teuts, thine ever lov'd refort : 
Where glad'ning ftreams of mercy from above 
Make fouls brim-full of warm feraphic love. 
Of fweeteft odours ail thy garments fmeils ; 
Thy difmal abfence proves athoufand hell", 
But heav'n's of joy are where thine honour dwells. 


GosPEt Sonnets. Part IV. 

Ver. 2. My foul longethj yea, even fakiteth for the 

courts of fhe Lord: mv heart and mv fiefhsrieth Out 
for the living Go -a. 

Therefore on thee I centre my defire, 
Which veh'mently burfts out in ardent fire. 
Deprived, ah ! I languish in my plaint, 
My bones are feeble, and my fpirits faint, 
My longing foul pants to behold again 
Thy temple fiil'd with thy m jeftic train ; 
Thofe palaces with heav'nly odcur ftrew'd, 
And regai court?, where Zion's King is view'd : 
To fee the beauty of the high eft One, 
Upon this holy mount, his lofty throne : 
Whence virtue running from the living Head 
Reflores the dying, and revives the dead. 
For him my heart With cries repeated founds, 
To which my flefh with echoes loud rebounds; 
For him, for him, who life in death can give. 
For him, for him, whole fole prerogative 
Is from and to eternity to live. 

Veto X Yea, the fparrow hath found an ho'ufc, and the 
i wallow a neft for herfelf, where (he may lay her young:, 
even thine altars, O Lord of hoils, my King and my 


Alas ! how from thy lovely dwellings f, 

Long haniih'd, do the happy birds envy ; 
Which chooling thy high altars for their neft, 
Orj rafters of thy tabernacle reft ! 
Here dwells rfiejparrow of a chirping tongue, 
And here ihc faJzIU'W lays her tender young 
.Faint facrilege ! they feize the facred (pot, 
And fee 01 to glory o'er my a'uient lot. 
Yet lure I have more fpecial right to thee 
Than all the- brut*! hefts of earth and lea : 

The Believer's Lodging. 277 

That Sov'reign, at whofe government they bow, 
Is wholly mine by his eternal vow : 
My King to rule my heart, and quell my foes, 
My God t' extract my well from prefent woes, 
And crown with endlefs glory at the clofe. 

Ver. 4. BleiTed are they that dwell in thy houfe i they 
will be ftill praifing thee. 

O happy they that haunt thy houfe below, 
And to thy royal fandtuary flow : 
Not for itielf, but for the glorious One, 
Who there inhabits his erected throne ! 
Others pals by, but here their dwelling is ! 
O happy people crown'd with bays of blifs ! 
Blefs'd with the fplendid luftre of his face, 
Blefs'd with the high melodious found of grace, 
That wakens fouls into a fweet amaze, 
And turns their fpirits to a harp of praife ; 
Which loudly makes the lower temple ring 
With hallelujahs to the mighty King: 
And thus they antedate the nobler fong 
Of that celeftial and triumphant throng, 
Who warbles notes of praife eternity along. 

Ver. 5. BlefTedis the man whofe flrength is in thee :— » 

What weights of blifs their happy (boulders load, 
Whofe ftrength lies treafur'd in a potent God I 
Self-drained fouls, yet flowing to the brim, 
Becaufe void in themfelves, but full in him. 
Adam the firft difcufs'd their ftock of ftrength, 
The fecond well retriev'd the fum at length; 
Who keeps 't himfelf a furer hand indeed, 
To give not as they lift, but as they need. 
When raging furies threaten fudden harms, 
He then extends his everlafting arms ; 



Gospel Sonnets. 

Part IV. 

When Satan drives his pointed fiery darts, 

He gives them courage and undaunted hearts 

To quell his deadly force with divine (kill, 

And adds new itrenoth to do their Sov'reUrn's will : 

When fore haraiVd by lome outrageous lull, 

He levelling its pow'r unto the dull 

Makes faints to own him worthy of their truft. 

Vcr. 6. In whofe hearts are the ways of thorn, who paf- 
fing through the valley of Baca, make it a well : the 
rain alio filleth the pools. 

Such heav'n-born fouls are nor to earth confiVd, 
Truth's high-way fills their elevated mind : 
They, bound for Zu>n, preis with forward aim, 
As li'r'els males to old Jerulalem. 
Their holy pith lies through a parched land, 
Through oppolitions numerous and grand. 
Travel ling icoiched defarts, ragged rocks, 
And Baca's wither'd vale, like thirfty flocks : 
Yet with unftiaken vigour homeward go, 
Not mov'd by all oppofmg harms below. 
They diggiug wells on this Gilboa top, 
The vale of Achor yields a door of hope : 
For Heav'n in plenty does their labour crown, 
By making (ilver mow'rsto trickle down j 
Till empty pools imbibe a pleafant fill, 
And weary fouls are heart'ned up the hill, 
By marTy drops of joy which down diftill. 

Vcr. 7. They go from ftrength to ftrength, everyone of 
them in Zion appeareth before God. 

Thus they, refremed bv fuperior aid> 
Are not defatigated nor difmay'd ; 
Becauft they are, O truth of awful dread 1 
As potent as Jehovah in their Head. 

The Believer* s Lodging. 279 

Hence they (hall travel with triumphant minds, 
In fpite of ragged paths and boilVrous winds. 
The roughelt ways their vigour ne'er abates, 
Each new afTault their ftrength redintegrates. 
When they through mortal blows feem to give o'er, 
Their itrength by intermitting gathers more. 
And thus they, with unweary'd zeal endu'd, 
Still as they journey have their (Length renew'd. 
So glorious is the race, that once begun 
Each one contends his fellow to outrun; 
Till all uniting id a glorious band, 
Before the Lamb's high throne adoring Hand, 
And harp his lofty praife in Zion land. 

Vcr. 8. O Lord God of hofts, hear my prayer : give ear, 
O God of Jacob. 

Great God of num'rous hods, who reigns alone 
The Ible poirdfor of th' imperial throne ; 
Since mental taftes of thy delicious grace 
So fweetly relifh in thy holy place, 
This is the fubjec't of my tabled pray'r, 
To have the vifion of thy glory there. 
O let my cry pierce the ethereal frame, 
And mercy's echo follow down the fame. 
Omnifcient Being, favour my defire, 
Hide not thy goodnefs in paternal ire : 
Why, thou halt giv'n in an eternal band 
To Jacob and his feed thy royal hand, 
And promised by thy (acred Deity, 
His King and covenanted God to be : 
Therefore my hopes are centet'd all in thee. 

Vcr. 9. Eehold, O God, our ihiekl ; and look upon the 
iace oi thine anointed. 

Omnipotent, whofe armour none can wield, 
Ziou's great buckler and defenfive (hield \ 

28g Gospel Sonnets. Part 1V\ 

Thy pure untainted eyes cannot behold 

Deformed mortals in their finful mould, 

Unlefs their names be graved on the brealt 

Of Zion's holy confecrated Prieft. 

When they his white and glorious garment wear, 

Then (in and guilt both wholly difappear : 

Becaufe o'erwhelmed in the crimfon flood, 

And ocean of a dying Surety's blood : 

They alfo, vefted with his radiant grace, 

Reflet the luftre of his holy face. 

They're not themfelves now, but divinely trim, 

For wholly what they are, they are in him : 

And hence J e h o v a h's all-difcerning eye 

Cannot in them efpy deformity. 

Then look on him, Lord ; and in him on me. 

Ver. 10. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand ; 
I had rather be a door-keeper in the houfe of my God, 
than to dwell in the tents of wickednefs. 

May I pofTefs, as thy domeftic child, 
The houfe that by Jehovah's name is ftyl'd : 
For royal glories deck thole courts of thine, 
Which with majeftic rays fo brightly mine, 
That fhould my mind prefent an earth of gold, 
As full of worldly joys as earth can hold : 
Sweet grace fo fills thy houfe, I'd grudge to fpare 
One moment here, for thoufand ages there. 
No earthly objeflfc (hall my love confine, 
That Being which pollenes all, is mine, 
My fpiric therefore rather would embrace 
The meanelt office in his holy place, 
And by the threlhold of his houfe within, 
Than lit in fplendour on a throne of (in, 
In Jems' courts I'd choofe the lowed place, 
At his faints feet, fo I might fee his face. 

The Btlirjer's Lodging. 281 

Yea, tho* my iamp of outward peace fhould burn 
Moft brightly, yet I would inceffant mourn, 
While in a wicked Mefech I fojourn. 

Ver. 11. For the Lord God is a fun and fhield : the Lord 
will gi?e grace and glory ; no good thing will he with- 
hold from them that walk uprightly. 

For God the Lord, wbofe courts I love to haunt, 
Is ev'ry thing that empty fouls can want ; 
A fun for light, a fhield for ftrength ; yea, more, 
On earth he gives his grace, in heav'n his glore. 
This radiant fun, of life and light the fource, 
Scatters the fhades by circumambient courfe ; 
Yea, guides bemifted fouls with heartfome beams, 
And glorioufly irradiating gleams. 
This mafiy fhield is polifh'd bright with pow'r, 
For helping weaklings in a per'lous hour. 
Here's all that weary travellers would have, 
A fun to cherifh, and a fhield to fave. 
Grace alfo here is giv'n i 9 adorn the foul, 
And yield to glory in the heav'nly pole, 
All di?ine treafure to the faint is due ; 
Nothing's deny'd, if truth itfelf be true. 
The treafure is fo vaft it can't be told ; 
Nothing that God can give will God with-hold. 
To whom he doth his laving grace impart, 
To them he gives himfelf, his hand, his heart : 
Uprigbtnefs too of heart and life does fall 
Unto their fhare, who having him, have all. 
In them the grace he gives, he ftill regards ; 
Gives holinefs, and then his gift rewards. 
For to his own upright and divine brood 
He'sbound to grant ev'n all that's great and good. 
By's own fure word, firm oath, and facred blood. 

282 Gospel Sonnets. Part IV. 

Ver. 12. O Lord of hofts, bleiTedis the man that trufteth 
in thee. 

O then, Jehovah, God of armies ftrong, 
To whom the pow'rs of earth and heav'n belong ; 
How vaftiy blefTed is the fixed man, 
Who by a firm fiducial boldnefs can, 
Through grace and ftrength difpenfed from above, 
So fweetly fcan the height of divine love, 
As to derive his comfort wholly thence, 
And on this rock to found his confidence ! 
Whofe faith has rear'd up for a firm abode, 
A liable building on a living God \ 
Who, fpoil'd of human props both great and fmall, 
Does choofe a triune Deity for all ? 
What fcrolls of blifs are in this All inroll'd, 
Is too fublime for feraphs to unfold. 
Sift, human wifdom, in a deep amaze! 
Let rapid floods of life his glory raife, 
Till time be drown'd in his eternal praifc. 

A fourfold Exereife for the Believer in 
his Lodging on Earth. 

I. The HOLY LAW: Or, The Ten Commandments, 
Exod. xx. 3,— -17. 

1. N O God but me thou {halt adore. 

2. No image frame to bow before. 

3. My holy name rake net in vain. 

4. My facred Sabbath don't profane. 

5. To parents render duerefpedfc. 

6. All murder lhun, and malice check. 

7. From filth and whoredom bafe abftain. 

8. From theft and all unlawful sain. 

9. Faife witnefs flee, and fland'ring fpite. 
Ip. Nor covet what's thy neighbour's right. 

The Believer's Lodging. 283 

II. The UNHOLY HEART, the direft oppofite to 
God's holy and righteous law, Rom. vii. I4« Or t 
The knowledge of fin by the law, Rom. iii. 20» 

1. MY heart's to many gods a Have. 

2. Of imagery an hideous cave. 

3. An Iroaid of God-diihon'ring crimes. 

4. A waller bafe of holy times. 

5. A throne of pride and felf-conceit. 

6 A fhughter-houfe of wrath and hate. 

7. A cage of birds and thoughts unclean. 

8. A den of thieves and frauds unfeen. 

9. An heap of calumnies unfpent. 
10. A gulf of greed and diicontent. 

in. The GLORIOUS GOSPEL: Or, Chrift the 
end of the law for righteoufnefs, Rom. x. 4« 

And the abfolute need of this remedy inferred from the 
pre miles. 

HENCE I conclude and clearly fee, 

There's by the law no life for me ; 

Which damns each foul to endlefs thrall, 

Whofe heart and life fulfils not all. 

What (hall 1 do, unlefs for bail 

1 from the law to grace appeal? 

She reigns through Jelus* righteoufnefs, 

Which giving juitice full redrefs, 

On grace's door this motto graved, 

Let fin be dtmnd, and /inner s favd. 

O w ifdom's deep myftcrious way i 

Lo, at this door I'll waiting ftay, 

Till fin and hell both pals away. 

But in this blifs to fhew my parr, 1 

Grant,' through thy law grav'd in my heart, \ 

My life may ihew thy graving art, J 

284 Gospel Sonnets. Part IV. 


Which may be conceived in the following words of a cer- 
tain author. 

SIM tuus in vita, tua funt mea funera, Chrifte: 
Da, precor, imperii fceptra tenere tui. 

Cur etenim, moriens, tot vulnera fasva tulifti, 
Si non fum regni portio parva tui ? 

Cur rigido latuit tua vita inclufa fepulchro, 
Si non eft mea mors morte fugata tua ? 

Ergo mihi certam prseftes, O Chrifte, falutem ; 
Meque tuo lotum fanguine, Chrifte, juva. 

Which may be thus Englifhed : 

JESUS, I'm thine in life and death, 
Oh let me conqu'ring hold thy throne, 

Why fhar'd the crofs thy vital breath, 
If not to make me fliare thy crown ? 

Why laid in jail of cruel grave, 

If not thy death from death me free ? 

Then, Lord, infure the bills I crave, 
Seal'd with thy blood, and fuccour me. 

The End of the Believer's Lodging 


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The Believer's Soliloquy; 

Efpecially in times of defertion, tempta- 
tion, affli&ion, &c. 


The defertcd Believer longing for perfect freedom from 

AH mournful cafe! what can afford 
Contentment-, when an abfent Lord 
Will new his kindnefs neither prove 
By fmiies of grace, nor lines of love ! 

What heart can joy, what foul can ling, 
While winter over-runs the fpring ? 
I die, yet can't my death condole ; 
Lord, fave a dying, drooping foul. 

In pain, yet unconcern'd 1 live, 
And languifli when I fhould believe. 
Lord, if thou ceafe to come and flay, 
My foul in fiq will pine away. 

Tn (In, whofe ill no tongue can tell, 
To live is death, to die is hell ; 
O fave if not from thrall's arreft, 
Yet fave me, Lord, from fin at leak 

P % 


Go stei Sonnets. 

Part V. 

This for lm merit's fake I feek, 
Whole blood and wounds do mercy fpeak j 
Who left the rank of glorious choirs, 
And heav'nlv flow'rs tor earthly brier?. 

Our Samfon took an holy nap 
Upon our feeble nature's lap: 
He, wand'ring in a pilgrim's weed, 
Did tafte our griefs, to help our need. 

Earth's fury did upon him light : 
How black was Herod's cruel fpite ! 
Who, to be fure of murd'ring one, 
Led he br fpar'd did pity none ! 

Hell hunts the Babe a few davs old, 
That came to rifle Satan's fold ; 
All hands puriVd hirn ev'n to death, 
That came to lave from fin and wrath. 

O mercy, ignorant of bounds ! 
Which ail created thought confounds; 
He ran outripht a favin^ race 
For them that unto death him chafe. 

O fin ! how heavy is thy weight, 
That prefs'd the glorious God of might, 
Till proftrate on the freezing ground, 
lie fweat his clotted blood around ! 

His hand the pond'rous globe does prop, 
This weight ne'er made him fweat a drop: 
But when fin's load upon him lies, 
He falls and fweats, and groans and dies. 

Alas! if God fink under fin, 
How fhall the man that dies therein! 
How deeply down, when to the load 
He adds the flighted blo^d of Gcd ? 


Sett. I. The Believer's Solil^uy. 287 

Lord, let thy fall my rife obtain, 
Thy grievous fhame my glory gain ; 
Thy crofs my lading crown procure, 
Thy death my endleis life infure. 

O fend me down a draught of love, 
Or take me hence to drink above : 
Here Marah's water fills my cup, 
But there all grief; are (wallow 'd up* 

Love here is fcarce a faint defire ; 
But there the (park's a flaming lire. 
Joys here are drops that pafling flee, 
But there an ever- flowing fea. 

My faith, that fees fo darkly here, 
Will there refign to vifion clear ; 
My hope, that's here a weary groan P 
Will to fruition yield the throne. 

Here fetters hamper freedom's wing, 
But there the captive is a king: 
And grace is like a bury'd feed, 
But finaers there are faints indeed. 

Thy portion's here a crumb at be ft, 
But there the Lamb's eternal feaft ; 
My praife is now a (Vnother'd fire, 
But then I'll fing and never tire. 

Now dufky fhadows cloud my day, 
But then the (hades will flee away : 
My Lord will break the dimming glafs, 
And (hew his glory face to face. 

My num'rous foes now beat me down, 
But then I'll wear the victor's crown } 
Yet all the revenues I'll bring 
To Zion's everlafting King. 

$88 Gospel Sonnets. Part V. 


The deferted Believer's prayer under complaints of un- 
belief, darknefs ? deadnefs, and hardnefs. , 

WHAT means this wicked, wand'ring heart ? 

This trembling ague of my foul . ? 
Would Jefus but a look impart, 

One look from him would make me whole* 

But will he turn to me his 1 face, 

From whom he juftly did withdraw ? 

To me who flighted ail that grace : ' 
I in my pad experience faw ? 

Lord, for thy prom ife fake, return, 
Apply thy pard'ning, cleanfing blood \ 

Look down with pity on a worm, 
With cov'narit- mercy do me good. 

When thy free Sp'rit the word applies., 
And kindly tells me thou art mine, 

My faithlefs finking heart replies, 
Ah, Lord 1 I wifh I could be thine. 

My faith's fo 'nighted in my doubts, 

I cad the offer'd good away ; 
And lofe, by railing vain difputes, 

The wonted bleffings of the day,, 

Was e'er one prefs'd with fuch a load, 
Or pierc'd with fuch an unfeen dart : 

To find at once an abfent God, 
And yet, alas ! a carelefs heart ? 

Such grief as mine, a g.ieflefs grief, 

Did ever any mortal (hare ! 
An hopelefs hope, a lifelefs life, 

Or fuch unwonted careleff care \ 

3ec"t. II. Tie Believer's Soliloquy. 289 

'Tis fad, Lord ! when for night's folace, 
Nor moon, nor ftarry gleams appear : 
Yet worfe, when in this ciiimal cafe 
! My heart is harden'd from thy fear. 

'Twas not becaufe no fhow'rs did flow 

Of heavenly manna at my door ; 
But by my folly I'm into 

A worfe condition than befon 


Come, Lord, with greater pow'r ; for why, 
Mine, fure, is not a common cafe : 

Thou ofler'fl to unvail ; yet I 
Do fca;ce inciine to fee thy face. 

Such languid faint defires I feel 
Within this wicked ftupid heart : 

J fliould, I would, but that I will 
I hardly dare with truth afTert. 

to be free of that vile wrack, 

That bafely keeps me from my God I 

1 flee from thee, Lord ; bring me back 

By tender love, or by thy rod. 

In paths of righteoufnefs direct, 
New proofs of thy remiffion give ; 

Then of thy name I'll mention make 
With grateful praifes while I live. 

On banks of mercy's boundlefs deep, 
With fweeter eafe I'll foar and ling, 

Tlran kings of feather 'd hofts, that iweep 
The oozy fhore with eafy wing. 

But if thy mind omnifcient know 

I'm for this abfent blifs unfit, 
Give grace to hate my fins, and to 

Their righteous punifhment fubmit. 


290 Gospel Sonnets. Part V. 

But let me ne'er thy Spirit lack, 

That by his aid my pray'rs may come 
Before him who can wifely make 
A Ev'n diftance lead his people home. 

Deep wifdom can my foul prepare 

By prefent woes for abfent blifs. 
By acid griefs that now I fhare, 

He can convey the joys I mil's. 

Who all from nothing's womb difclos'd, 
Can make th' amazing product ceafe ; 

With him our order is confus'd, 

By him confufion brings forth peace. 

Then, Lord, ne'er let me bafely fpurn 
Againfl: thy fearchlefs unknown ways; 

But magnify thy work, and turn 
My groans and murmurs into prajfe. 

Let me fubmiflive, while I live, 
Thy awful juftice own with fear : 

Yet penfive let me never grieve 
Thy tender mercy by defpair. 

Since though by fin I foully fwerv'd, 

And lewdly from my glory fell, 
I'm ehaften'd here, and not referv'd 

To feel the weight of fin in hell. 

Thy high right hand's once joyful days 

In my diftrefs I'll call to mind ; 
And own that all thy darkell ways 

Will clearly prove thee good and kind. 


The Believer wading thro* deeps of defertion and cor- 

LORD, when thy face thou hid'fly 
And leav'ft me long to plore, 

Se<?t. III. The Believer's Soltlcjuy. iy\ 

I faithlefs doubt of all thou didft 
And wrought'ft for me before. 

No marks of love I find, 

No grains of grace, but wracks ; 
No track of heav'n is left behind, 
No groan, no fmoaking flax. 

But fay, if all the gufts 

And grains of love be fpent, 
Say, Farewell Chrift> and 'welcome lujls : 
Stop, (lop ; I melt, I faint. 

Lord, yet thou haft my heart, 
This bargain black I hate ; 
I dare not, cannot, will not part 

With thee at fuch a rate. * 

Once like a father good, 

Thou didfl with grace perfume ; 
Waft thou a father to conclude 

With dreadful judge's doom ? 

Confirm thy former deed, 
Reform what is denTd ; 
I was, I am, I'll ftill abide 

Thy choice, thy charge, thy child. 

Love-feals thou didft impart, 
Lock'd up in mind I have ; 
Hell cannot rafe out of my heart 

What heav'n did there ingrave. 

Thou once did make me whole 
By thy almighty hand ; 
Thou mad'ft me vow and gift my foul ; 
Both vow and gift fhali itand. 

But, fince my folly grofs 
My joyful cup did fpill, 

2y2 Gpspel Sonnets. Part V* 

Make me the captive of thy crofs, 
Submiflive to thy will. 

Self in myfelf I hate, 

That's matter of my groan ; 
Nor can I rid me from the mate 
That caufes me to moan, 

O frail, unconftant flefli ! 
Soon trapt in ev'ry gin ; 
Soon turn'd, o'erturn'd, and fo a-frefh 
Phmg'd in the gulf of fin. 

Shall I be flave to fin, 

My Lord's moft bloody foe ! 
I feel its pow'rful fway within, 
How long fhall it be fo f 

How long, Lord, (hall I (lay ? 
How long in Mefech here ? 
Diflion'ring thee from day to day, 
Whofe name's to me fo dear ? 

While fin, Lord, breeds my grief, 
And makes me fadly pine ; 
With blinks of grace, O grant relief, 
Till beams of glory (hine. 


Complaint of fin, forrow, and want of ]pve- 

IF black doom by defert fhould go, 
Then, Lord, my due defert is death; 

Which robs from fouls immortal joy, 
And from their bodies mortal breath. 

But in fo great a Saviour, 

Can e'er fo bafe a worm's annoy 

Add any glory to thy pow'r, 
Or any gladnefs to thy joy ? 

Seel. IV. The Believer's Soliloquy. 293 

Thou juftly may'fl: me doom to death., 

And everlafting flames of fire ; 
Cut on a wretch to pour thy wrath 

Can never fure be worth thine ire. 

Since Jefus the atonement was, 

Let tender mercy me releafe ; 
Let him be umpire of my caufe, 

And pals the gladfome doom of peace. 

Let grace forgive, and love forget 

My bafe, my vile a pofta fy ; 
And temper thy deferved hate 

With love and mercy toward me. 


The ruffling winds and raging blafts 
Hold me in conftant cruel chace ; 
They break my anchors, fails, and malts, 
; Allowing no repofing place. 

The boift'rous feas with fwelling floods, 

On ev*ry fide againft me fight. 
Heav'n, overcaft with ftormy clouds., 
: Dims all the planets guiding light. ! 

The hellifh furies lie in wait, 

To win my foulinto their pow'r ; 

To make me bite at ev'ry bait, 
And thus my killing bane devour. 

I lie inchain'd in fin and thrall, 

Next border unto black defpair ; 
Till grace reftore, and of my fall 

The doleful ruins all repair. 

My havYing thoughts would flee to glore 5 

And neftle fife above the fky ; 
Fain would my tumbling (hip afhore 

At that fure anchor quiet lie 


Gospel Sonnets. Part V. 


Bat mounting thoughts are haled down 
With heavy poife of corrupt load ; 

And blufVring ftorms deny with frown 
An harbour of fecure abode. 

To drown the wight that wakes the blaft, 
Thy fin-fubduing grace afford ; 

The ftorm might ceafe, could I but call 
This troublous Jonah over-board. 

Bafe flefh, with flefhly pleafures gain'd, 
Sweet grace's kindly fuit declines; 

When mercy courts me for its friend^ 
Anon my fordid flefh repines. 

Soar up, ray foul, to Tabor hill, 
Call off this lothfome prefling load ; 

Long is the date of thine exile, 

While abfent from the Lord tky God. 

Dote not on earthly weeds and toys, 
Which do not, cannot fuit thy tafte : 

The flow'rs of everlafting joys 
Grow up apace for thy repaft. 

Sith that the glorious God above 

In Jefus bears a love to thee; 
How bafe, how brutifh is thy love 

Of any being lefs than he ? 

Who for thy love did choofe thy grief, 
Content in love to live and die : 

Who lov'd thy love more than his life, 
And with his life thy love did buy. 

Since then the God of richeft love 
With thy poor love enamour'd is ; 

How high a crime will thee reprove 
If not enamoured deep with his ? 

Sect. V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 29 c 

Since on the verdant field of grace 
His love does thine fo hot purfue : 

Let love meet love with chafte embrace, 
Thy mite a thou fan d -fold is due. 

Rife love, thou early heav'n, and fing, 
Young little dawn of endlefs day : 

I'll on thy mounting fiery wing 
In joyful raptures melt away. 


The deferted foul's prayer for the Lord's gracioqs and 
fm-fubduing prefence. 

KIND Jefus, come in love to me, 

And make no longer ftay ; 
Or elfe receive my foul to thee, 

That breathes to be away. 

A Lazar at thy gate I lie, 

As well it me becomes, , 
For children's bread afham'd to cry ; 

O grant a dog the crumbs. 

My wounds and rags ray need proclaim, 

Thy needful help infure : 
My wounds bear witnefs that I'm lame, 

My rags that I am poor. 

Thou many at thy door doft feed 

With mercy when diftreft ; 
O wilt thou not (hew an alms deed 

To me among the reft ? 

None elfe can give my foul relief, 

None elfe can eafe my moan, 
But he whofe abfence is my grief 

All other joys be gone. 

296 Gospel Sonnets. Part V» 

How can I ceafe from fad complaint, 

How can I be at reft ? 
My mind can never be content 

To want my noble gueft. 

Drop down, mine eyes, and never tire, 

Ceafe not on any terms, 
Until I have my hearts defire, 

My Lord within mine arms. 

My heart, my hand, my fpirits fail, 

When hiding off he goes ; 
My fiefh, my foes, my lulls prevail, 

And work my daily woes. 

When fhall I fee that glorious fight 

Will all my fins deftroy ? 
That Lord of love, that lamp of light, 

Will banifh all annoy ? 

O could I but from finning ceafe, 

And wait on Pifgah's hill, 
Until I fee him face to face, 

Then fhculd my foul be ftill. 

But fince corruption cleaves to me 

While I in Kecjar dwell ; 
O give me leave to long for thee, 

For abfence is a hell. 

Thy glory ihould be dear to me, 

Who me fo dear haft bought : 
O fave from rend'ring ill 10 thee 

For good which thou haft wrought* 

With fear I crave, with hope I cry, 

Oh promis'd favour fend; 
Be thou thyfelf, though changeling I 

Ungratefully offeed. 

Seel. VI. The Believer's SoliUquy. 297 

Out of thy way remove the lets, 

Cleanfe this polluted den ; 
Tender my fuits, cancel my debts : * 

Sweet Jefus, fay, Amen. 


The Song of Heaven defired by Saints on Eartl 

AURORA veils her rofy face 
When brighter Phoebus takes her place ; 
So glad will grace refign her room 
To glory in the heav'nly home. 

Happy the company that's gone 

From crols to crown, from thrall to throne ; 

How loud they fing upon the (hoi 

To which they fail'd in heart before ! 

Blefs'd are the dead, yea, faith the Word, 
That die in Chriji the living Lord 7 
And on the otiier fide of death 
Thus joyful fpend their praifing bream : 

u Death from all death has fet us free, 

u And will our gain for ever be ; 

{t Death loos'd the marly chains of wo, 

" To let the mournful captives go. , 

u Death is to us a fweet repofe ; 

The bud was op'd to fliew the rofe ; 
The cage was broke to let us fly, 
And build our happy neft on high. 

u Lo, here we do triumphant reign, 
u And joyful ling in lofty {train : 
u Lo, here we reir, and love to be, 
u Enjoying more than faith could fee. 

The thoufandth part we now behold. 
By mortal tongnes was never told ; 





298 G©spel Sonnets. Part V. 

<l We got a tafte, but now above 
u We forage in the fields of love. 

a Faith once ftole down a diftant kifs, 
u Now love cleaves to the cheek of blifs : 
" Beyond the fears of more miihap 
ft We gladly relt in glory's lap. 

€€ Earth was to us a feat of war, 
In thrones of triumph now we are. 
We long'd to fee our Jefus dear, 
And fought him there, but find him here. 

u We walk in white without annoy, 
|C In glorious galleries of joy : 
u And crown'd with everlafting bays, 
u We rival Cherubs in their praife. 

a No longer we complain of wants, 

11 We fee the glorious King of faint5, 

u A mid ft bis joyful hofts around, 

u With all the divine glory crown'd. 

(( We fee him at his table head 
u With living water, living bread, 
u His cheerful guefts incelTant load 
" With all the plenitude of God. 

" We fee the holy flaming fires, 

u Cherubic and feraphic quires; 

u And gladly join with thole on high, 

" To warble praife eternally. 

u Glory to God that here we came, 
€t And j*lory to the glorious Lamb. 
<c Our light, our life, our joy, our all 
" Is in our arms, and ever fhall. 

u Our. Lord is ours, and we are his ; 
u Yea, now we fee him as he is : 

Seel. VI. The Believer's Soliloquy. 209 

u And hence we like unto him are, 
t€ And full hi3 glorious image (hare. 

4< No darknefs now, no difmal night, 
u No vapour intercepts the light ; 
u We fee for ever face to face, 
u The hightll Prince in highcft place. 

u This, this, does heav'n enough afford, 

M We are for ever with the Lord : 

u We want no more, for all is giv'n ; 

t€ His prefence is the heart (Sftieav*fc. M 

While thus I laid my lifVning ear 
Clofe to the door of heav'n to hear; 
And then the lacred page did view, 
Which told me all I heard was true ; 

Yet (hew'd me that the heav'nly fong 
Surpaffes every mortal tongue, 
With fuch unutterable drains 
As none in feu'ring flefh attains : 

Then faid I, " O to mount away, 
" And leave this clog of heavy clay/ 
<c Let wings of time more hafty fly, 
*' That 1 may join the fongs on high,' 

The End of th: Believer's Soliloquy. 



The Believer's Principles, 








The Believer's Principles concerning 
Creation and Redemption ; or, Some of 
the firft Principles of the Oracles of 



The firft chapter of Genefis compendized j or > the firft 
feven days work, from the following Latin lines. En- 

PRima dies ecelum, & terram, lucemque, creavit. 
Altera diftendit fpatium, difcrimen aquarum. 
Tertia fecernens undas, dat gramina terris. 
Quarta creat folem & iunam, coelefliaque aftfa. 
Quinta dedit pifces, eadem genus omne volantum. 
Sexta tulit pecudes,hominem quoque quemDeus ipfe. 
Condidit ; inde open's tequies lux feptima fuldt. 

Chap. I. Ttli Believer's Principles. 30 i 

In Englifh thus: 

1. The fir ft day hcav'rr, earth, Kgfat, Jehovah ftlrli 

2. The next, a water- fundVing firmament, [pride. 
%. The third m-ide dry land fpring with flowVy 

4. The fourth fet up bright lamps time to divide. 

5. The fifth brought fwimming hfh and flying fowL 

6. The 6th, earth'* herds, and man to bear the rule. 

7. The 7th brought forth no more, yet brought the 
The lab'iing creature's and Creator's reft, [beit P 

Or thus : 

The firit Jay at Jehovah's word, 

Did heav'n, and earth > and light afford-. 

The next a firmament fo wide 

As might the water's courie divide. 


The third, fevering land from feas, 

Made earth produce herbs, grais, and \rezs. 

The fourth, fun, moon, and ftars of ligforjr 
Set up to rule the day and night. 

The fifth made fifh to depths to move* 
And fowls to fly in air above 


The fixth all earthly beads diJ bring, 
And m4n to be the creature's kin^. 

The feventh of all thefe days the belt, 
Was made for God and man to /v/?. 

Redemption-work duth bring again 
The firit of thtfc to be the main i 

Fetching new keavns and earth in figh 
And immortality to light. 

Since then \Jbtfirfi ii> uow the be/?, 
Keep well this plcdg*? of cndlcfa refi. 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Pait VI. 

All things from nothing, to their fov'reign Lord, 
Obedient rofe at his commanding word. 
Fair in his eye the whole creation flood ; 
He faw the building and pronounc'd it good. 

And now each work (while nature's fabric flands) 
Loud for its wife and mighty Lord demands 
A rent of praife, a loud and lofty fong, 
From ev'ry rational beholder's tongue, 



The myfiery of the Redeemer's incarnation; or, God 
manifeiled in the flefh, i Tim. iii. 16. John i. 14. 

WHAT though the waters, (truck with dread^ 
Rife up and form a pyramid ? 
Though floods mould gufh from rocks and {tones, 
Or living fouls from wither'd bones? 

To hear of an incarnate God, 
Is yet more wonderful and odd j 
Or to behold how God mod high 
Could in our nature breathe and die. 

What though the bright angelic forms 
Degraded were to crawling worms? 
Thefe creatures were but creatures Mill, 
Transform'd at their Creator's will. 

Though creatures change a thoufand ways, 
It cannot fuch amazement raife, 
Nor fuch a fcene as this difplay, 
Th' eternal IVord a piece of clay, 

God-man a ftrange contexture flx'd ; 
Yet not *«nfufed nor comniiVd \ 


Chap. I. The Believer" s Principles. 303 

Yet (till a myftery great and frefh, 
A Spirit infinite made flfo. 

What though when nothing heard his call, 
Nothing obey'd and brought forth all? 
What though he nothing's brood maintain, 
Or all annihilate again ? 

Let nothing into being pafs, 
Or back again to what it was? 
But lo ! the God of beings here, 
As turn'd to nothing doth appear. 

All heavVs aftoniuVd at his form, 
The mighty God became a worm. 
Down Arian pride to him (hall bow, 
He's Jefus and Jehovah too. 


With haughty mind to Godhead man afpir'd, 
With loving mind our manhood God dehVd : 
Man was by pride from place of pleafure chas'd, 
Goo- man by love in greater pleafure plac'd, 

Man feeking to afcend procur'd our fall, 
God yielding to dtfeend remov'd our thrall : 
The judge was cart, the guilty to acquit, 
The fun defae'd to lend the (hades the light. 


The REDEEMER'S WORK; or, Christ all in 
all, and our complete Redemption. 

A Cofpel-Cdtechifm for youffg Chrifiians. 

KIND teacher, may I come to learn 

In this abrupt addrefs, 
By framing queftions that concern 

Gospel Sonnets. 


Yea, chiM ; but if you'd learn to run 

The great falvation-race, 
Know that the name of Chrift: alone 

Can anfwer ev'ry cafe. 

Q. By fin, my God and all is loft, 
O where may God be found ? 

A. In Chrift ; for fo the Koly Ghoft 
Shews by the joyful found, 

Q^. But how will God with finful me 

Again be reconciTd ? 
iV« In Chrift, in whom his grace to thes 

And favour is reveaPd. 

Ql O how {hall I a (barer prove, 
And fee his glorious grace ? 

A. In Chrift, the image of his love, 
And brightnefs of his face. 

Q^ Where (hall I feek all divine ft ore, 

And without fail obtain ; 
A. In Chrift, in whom for evermore 

His fulnefs does remain. 

Q^ But how (hall I tfcapd and flee 
Th* avenging ivrath of God ? 

A. In Chrift, who bore upon the tree 
That whole amazing load. 

Q; Alas ! I'm daily apt to ft ray, 

How ftiall I heav'nward make ? 

A« Through Chrift the confecrated way, 
Defign'd for thee to take. 

Qj Ah ! wbere's my title, right, or claim 

To that eternal blifs? 
Ji. In Chrift alone, that glorious name, 

the Lord our right eoufnefs. 

Part VI. 

Chap. I. The Believer's Principles. 305 

O. But who unfit can enter there, 

Or with fuch nafty feet. 
A. Chrifl: by his blood prefents thee fair, 

His Spirit makes thee meet. 

' O. But mayn't my fpirit, weak as grafs, 
Fail ere it reach the length ? 
A. Jefus the Lord thy righteoufnefs 
Will be the Lord ihy flrengtb. 

O. Mayn't helli(h hofts, and wicked foes, 

Sore by the way moleft ? 
A. Chrifl is a friend to bridle thofc, 

And give the weary reft. 

£X Mayn't guilty conference loudly brand, 

And all my comfort chace ? 
A. Chrifl with a pardon in his Hand 

Can (hew his fmiiing face. 

£). But how can divine mercy vent, 

Where fins are great and throng? 

A. Chrift: is the channel with defcent 
That mercy runs along. 

Q. But may not juflice interpofe, 

And (land in mercy's way ? 
A. Jefus did all the debt thou owes 

To divine juftice pay, 

p. Where fyall mine eyes the pardon fpy, 

Unto my faving good ?.. 
A. In Chri&'s free promife fee it iie, 

In his atoning blood. 

O. What ground have I to truft and fay t 

The promife is not vain ? 
A. In Chrift the promifes are Tea 

In him they are Amen. 

306 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 

Q. But where is Chrift rnmfelf, O where 

With promifes io fweet ? 
A. Cnriil's in the promifes, and there 

Thy faith and he may meet. 

Qj Is Chrift: in them, and they in Chrift ? 

How (hall I this defcry ? 
A. His blood and Spirit therein lift 

To feal and to apply. 

Qj 'Gair.ft le^al fiery threats of wrath, 

Pray what defence is bell: ? 
A. Chrift's full obedience ey'd by faith ; 

There fhould the guilty reft. 

O. But how (hM faith be had ? Alas I 

I find I can't believe. 
A. Chrift is the author of that grace, 

And faith is his to give. 

Q. Ah ! when may faithlefs I expect 

He'll fuch a blifs bequeath ? 
A. He will of unbelief convidr, 

And pave the way for faith. 

Qj Repent ancs muft attend, but whenc? 

Shall I this grace receive \ 
A. Chrift is exalted as a prince 

All needful grace to give. 

Q. How can fo vile a lump of duft 

Heart-holinefs expect \ 
A. Chrift by his holy Spirit muft 

This gradual change effect. 

Qj How {hall I do the works aright, 

I'm daily bound unto ? 
A. Chrift in thee, by his Spirit's mighty 

Works both to <will and dai 

Chap. I» The Believer's Principles. 307 

Qj How (hall my maladies be heal'd, 

So fore molefting me ? 
A. Chrift is the great Phyficfan feal'd, 

The Lord thai healetk thee. 

Q. By prayer I ought to feek his face, 

This courfe how (hall I drive ? 
A. 'Tis Chrift alone that has the grace 

And fp'rit of pray V to give. 

Qj St/vatwn+noerk is great and high, 

Alas ! what thai) I do ? 
A. Chrift as the Alpha thereof eye, 

And the Omega too. 

Q. What pillar then is mod fecure 

To build my hope upon ? 
A. Chrift only the foundation- furt t 

The living corner-flone. 

Qj When I'm with black pollution ftaiVd, 

How fhall I cleanfed be ? 
A. Chrift is a fountain for that end 

Set open wide for thee. 

Qj What fhall I do, when plagues abound, 

With forrows, griefs, and fears? 
A- Chrift has a baljavi for thy wounds, 
A bottle for thy tears. 

Q. But is there any help for one 

That utterly is loft ? 
A. Chrift faves from fin, and he alone, 

E'en to the uttermoj}. 

O. But where fhall I be fafe at lad 

From /;*//and endlefs death ? 
A. Chrift is a refuge from the blafl 

Of everlaftins: wratho 


3Q3 Gospel So k nets. Part VI, 

£). But mayn't ev'n nat'ral death to me 

Become a dreadful thing ? 
A. Chrift by his death in love to thee 

Did ev'ry death unfting. 

Qj Why, Sir, is Chrift the whole you fay r 

No anfwer elfe I find. 
A. Becaufe, were Chrift our all away. 

There's nothing left behind. 

Q^ How can he anfwer ev'ry cafe, 

And help in ev'ry thrall ? 
A. Becaufe he is the Lord of grace 2 

Jehovah all in all. 

Q. How is he prefent to fupply, 

And to relieve us thus ? 
A. Becaufe his glorious name is nigh; * 

Immanuel, God with us. 

Q^ Has he alone ail pow'r to fave, 

Is nothing left to man I 
A. Yea, without Chrift we nothing have, 

Without him nothing can. 

Q^ May ? nt fome from hence take latitude 
And room their lufts to pleafe 
If Chrift do all, then very good, 
Let us take carnal eafer 

A. Chrift will in flaming vengeance corr.e a 
With fury in his face, 
To damn his foes that dare pre fume, 
And thus abufe his grace. 


Chap. I. The Believer i Fruiclples. 309 


faith and works both excluded from the matter of j uni- 
fication before God, that redemption may appear to 
be only in Chrift. 

W H O dare an holy God addrefs, 
With an unholy righteoufnefs ? 
Who can endure his awful probe* 
Without perfcdlion for their robe? 

None could his great tribunal face, 
Were faith ftfelf their faireft drefs : 
Faith takes the robe, but never brags 
Itfelf has ought but filthy rags. 

Faith claims no mare, and works far lefs, 
In jtiftice-plealing rightecufnefs ; 
The fervant were to be abhorr'd. 
Would claim the g'ory of his lord. 

Blafphemous unbelief may claim 
The praifes of the worthy Lamb : 
But faith difclaiming all its beft, 
Not on itfelf, but Chrift, will reft. 

I'm fav'd and juftifyM by faith. 
Which yet no favtng value hath ; 
Nor eVr pretends to fave from thrall 
But in its objeft has its all. 

'Tie Chrift alone faves guilty me, 

AnH makes my right to life fo free, 

That in himfelf it (lands alone : 

Faith takes the right, but gives me none, 

I dare not kc*l with this intent, 
For afts of mine to draw the rent; 


jro Gospel Sonnets, Part VI 

Nor do good works with this defign, 
To win the crown by works of mine, 

I'd thus the promis'd grace forfake, 
Nor Jefus for my Saviour take ; 
Yea, thus would dreadfully prefume, 
And work mine own eternal doom. 

Prefumption cannot rife more high, 
I'd make the truth of God a lie, 
The God of truth a liar top ; 
What more mifchief could Satan do ? 

Why I'd difcredit God's record 
Concerning Jefus Chrift the Lord, 
His glorious and eternal Son, 
Whofe blood has life eternal won. 

In him, fays God, this life I give, 
. In him (hall therefore men believe, 
My gift embracing in their arms: 
None fhall fav'd on other terms. 

Vain man muft (loop and freely take, 
Or elfe embrace a burning lake: 
Proud nature muft fubmit to grace. 
And to the divine righteoufnefs. 

In vain on works our hope is built, 
Our actions nothing are but guilt : 
The beft obedience of our own 
Dare not appear before his throne. 

What finite worm can bear the load, 
The fury of an angry God ? 
What mortal vigour can withftand 
The vengeance of his lifted hand ? 

The law can never fave us now, 
To damn is all that it can do. 

Chap. I. The Believer's Principles* 

Heav'n cafts all righteoufnefs of ours ; 
The law of works is out of doors. 

No merit, money, more or lefs, 
Can buy the gift of righteoufnefs. 
O may I take what heav'a does give ; 
Jehovah help me to believe; 

And in that righteoufnefs to truft, 
Which only makes a finner juft. 
And then, the truth of faith to prove, 
Lord, make ray faith to work by love. 



Gospel Sonnets. 



V 1, 


The Believer's Principles concerning 
the Law and GofpcL 


i. The My fiery, 

2. The Difference, 

3. The Harmony, and 

4. The Place and Station 

cf Law and Gofpel. 

SEC T; I. 

The m : v|l?Tv of law and *>/>*/• 

* "Tp H O IT G H law commands and gofpel-graoi 

Jj^ Agree in mutual joint embrace a ; 
fee law and go! pel in a (hock 
Gan never draw an equal yoke i. 

The law of works the law of grace, 
Can't {land together in one place j 

a Rom, iii. 31. Do we then make void the law through 1 
faith? God forbid : yea, we eftablifti the law. Gal. iii. 2?*- 
Is the law then againft the pTomifes of God? God forbid :' 
for if there had been a law given which could have given 
life, verily righteoufnefs fhould have been by the law. 

b Pfalm exxx. 3, 4. If thou, Lord, fhouldft mark ini- 
quities : O Lord, who fhall ftand? But there is forgive- 
nefs with thee ; that thou mayeit be feared- ■». 7i 8. Let 
ifrael hope in the Lord : for with the Lard there is mercy, 
and with him is plenteous redemption. And he fhall re- 
deem Ifrael from all his Iniquities. And cxliii. 2. O Lord, 
enter not into judgment with thy fervan'c : for in thy fight 
fhall no man living be juitified. v. 8. Caufe me to hear 
thy loving kindnefs in the morning, for in thee do i trull : 
caufe me know the way whereia I fhould ^ ./.: for I lii'r 
tip my foul unto thee. 


Chap. II. fhi Believer's Principles. 313 

The brighter fcene deftroys the dark, 
As Dagon fell before the ark c. 

They harmonize like marry d pairs d< 
Yet are at odd's, and keep not fquares e 1 
As mercy ftands from merit far, 
The letter and \\\z fpirit jar/. 

The law does gofpel-comforts harm, 
The gofpel breaks the legal arm g ; 

c Rom. vi. 14, 15. Sin fhall not have dominion over 
you : for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 
What then ? fhall we fin, becaufe we are not under the 
law, but under grace ? God forbid. Chap. vii. 4, 5, 6. 
Wherefore, my brethren, ye alio are become dead to the 
law by the body of Chrift : that ye mould be married to 
another, evefttohimwho is railed from the dead, that 
we mould bring forth fruit unto God. For when we 
were in the fleih, the motions of fins which were by the 
law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto 
death. But now we are delivered from the law, that be- 
ing dead wherein we were held; that we fhould ferve in 
uewnefs of fpirit, and not in the oldnefs of the letter. 
2 Cor. iii. 7, — io. But if the miniftration of death written 
and engraven in ftones, was glorious, fo that the childien 
of Ifrael could not ftedfaftly behold the face of Mofes, for 
the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done 
awav; how fliall not the miniftration of the Spirit, be ra- 
ther glorious \ For if the miniftration of condemnation be 
glory, much more doth the miniftration of righteoufnefs 
exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious, 
had no glory in this refpeel. by reafon of the glory that ex- 

d Gal. iii. 24. Wherefore the law was our fdiool-mafter 
to bring us unto Chrift, that we might be juftified by faith. 

e Rom. xi. 6. And if [election be] by grace, then is it 
|no more of works : otherwise grace is no more grace. But 
if it be of works, then is it no more grace : othe rwiie work 
Ks no more work. 

/2Ccr. iii. 6. The letter killeth, but the fpirit give th 

v Kcb. ii. 15. And deliver them who throurh fear of 

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314 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 

Yet both exalt each other's horn, 

And garlands bring their heads t f adorn k. 

I through the law am dead to it, 
To legal works and felf-conceit / ; 
Yet, lo ! through gofpel-graee I live. 
And to the law due honour give k. 

The law great room for boafting makes, 
But grace my pride and boafting breaks l\ 
Yet all my boafts the law does kill ///, 
And grace makes room to boaft my fill n. 

death were all their lifetime fubj eft to bondage. Phil. iii. 
7, 8, 9. But what things were gain tome, thofe I count- 
ed lofs for Chrift. Yea, doubtlefs, and I count all things 
but lofs, for the excellency of the knowledge of Chrift Je- 
fus my Lord : for whom I have fuffered the lofs of all things 
and do count them but dung that I may win Chrift, and 
be found in him, not having mine own righteoufnefs, which 
is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Chrift, 
the righteoufnefs which is of God by faith* 

h Gal. ii. 19. For I through the law am dead to the 
law, that I might live unto God. 

i Rom. vii. 6. But' now we are delivered from the law, 
that being dead wherein we were held \ that we mould 
ferve in newnefs of fpirit, and not in the oldnefs of the 
letter, v. 9. For I was alive without the law once : but 
when the commandment came, fin revived, and I died. 
k Rom. vii. 4- Wherefore, my brethren, ye are alfo be- 
come dead to the law by the body of Chrift; that ye fhould' 
be married to another, even to him who is raifed from the 
dead, that we ihould bring forth fruit unto God. And x. 
4. Chrift is the end of the law for righteoufnefs to every- 
one that believeth. 

/ Rom. iii. 27. Where is boafting then? It is excluded. 
By what law \ of works ? Nay ; but by the law of faith. 

m Rom. iii. 19. Now we know that what things foe vei 
t\ie law faith, it faith to them who are under the law : 
that every mouth may be (topped, and all the world may- 
be come guilty before Gcd. 

n 1 Cor. 1. 29, 30, $1. That no nefh fhould glory in 
his prefence. B :t of him are ye in Chrift Jems, who of 

Chap. II. The Believer's Principles* 31 5 

The gofpel makes me keep the law o, 
Yet from its painful fervice draw p : 
It does all law demands fulfil q, 
Yet makes them wholly void and null r. 

The gofptl gives me no command f, 
Yet by obeying it I (land j ; 
Toftridt obedience though it call /, 
Does bind to none, but promife all u. 

God is made unto us wifdom, and righteoufnef-, and fane- 
tification, and redemption : that, according as it is writ- 
ten, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 

Titus ii. n, 12. For the grace of God that brin- 
eth falvation hath appeared to all men ; teaching us, that 
denying un^odlinefs, and worldlv luits, we fhould live 

* o o 7 * 7 

foberly, righteoufly, and godly in this prefent world. 

p Gal. v. 1. Stand fait therefore in the liberty where- 
with Chrift hath made us free, and be not entangled again 
with the yoke of bondage. 

q Rom. viii. 3, 4. For what the lav/ could not do, in 
that it was weak through the flefh, God dtd^ fending his 
own Son, in the likenefs of fmful flefh, and for fin con- 
demned fm in the fie Hi : that the righteoufnefs of the law 
might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flefh, but 
after the Spirit. 

r Rom. vi. 14. Sin mail not have dominion over you : 
for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Gal. iv. 4, 
5. But when the fulnefs of the time was come, God fent 
forth his Sen made of a woman, made under the law, to 
redeem them that were under the lav/. 

/ Gal. iii. 8. And the fcripture foxefecing that God 
would juftify the Heathen through faith, preached before 
the gofpel unto Abraham,, faying, In thee (hall all na- 
tions be bleffed. 

s Markxvi. 16- He that believeth and is baptized, mall 
be faved. 

t 2ThefT. i. 7, 8. The Lord Jefus fha!l be revealed 
from heaven, with his mightv angels, in flaming fire, tak- 
ing vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey 
■ot the gofpel of our Lord [ems Chrifr. 

u John iii. 17. God fent not hi, Son into th# world to 

316 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI 

The law does ftridl commandment give 
That I the gofpel-news believe v\ 
But yet it teaches no filch thing, 
Nor e'er could gofpel-tidings brizg <vj. 

When I the gofpel-truth believe, 
Obedience to the iaw I give x, 
And when I don't the law * obferve, 
1 from the gofpel- method fwervej'. 

Yet, if I do the law f obey, . 
I am not in the gofpel-way z ; 

condemn the world ; but that the world through him might 
be faved. And xii. 47. And if any man hear my word 3 
and believe not, I judge him not : for I came not tojudge 
the world, but to fave the world. Heb. viii. 10, 11, 12. 
For this is the covenant that I will make with the houfe 
of Ifrael after thofe days, faith the Lord; I will put my 
laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts : and I 
will be to them a God, and they mail be to me a people. 
And they mall not teach every man his neighbour, and e- 
very man his brother, faying, Know the Lord : for all 
ihail know me from the lean: to the greateft. For I will 
be merciful to their unrighteoufnefs, and their fins and 
their iniquities will I remember no more. 

v John iii. 18. He that believethon him is not con- 
demned : but he that believeth not, is condemned alrea- 
dy,' becaufe he hath not believed in the name of the only 
begotten Son of God. 

■vj Rom. x. 5. For Mofes defcriheth the righteoufnefs 
which is of the law, That the man which doth thole things 
fnall live by them. And iii. 19. Now we know that what 
things foever the law faith, it faith to them who are un- 
der the law: that every mouth may be topped, and ail 
the world may become guilty before God. 

x John iii. 18. Pie that believeth on him, is not con- 

* Viz. As it is a rule. 

y Titus ii. 11, 12. See letter o forfeited. 

f Viz. As it is a covenant. 

z Gal. v. 3, 4. For I teftify again to every man that ii 
circumcifed, that h? is a d:btor to do the whoia la 

Chap. II. The Believer's Principles. 317 

Which does to new obedience draw a y 
Yet is the gofpel no new law b. 

As precepts to the law belong, 
Yet in the gofpel-field are throng c. 
Cun'd ev'ry gofpel- (lighter is d, 
Yet all its office is to blifs e. 

Curift is become of no effect unto you, whofoever of you 
are juftificd by the law ; ye are fallen from grace. 

a Rom. xvi. 25, 26. — The myftery which was kept fe- 
cret fince the world began,— now is made manifeft, and 
by the fcriptures of the prophets, according to the com- 
mandment of the everlafting God, made known to all 
nations for the obedience of faith. 

b Gal. iii. 21. Is the law then againft the promifes of 
God \ God forbid : for if there had been a law given which 
could have given life, verily righteoufnefs fhould have 
been by the law. 

c Matth. v. 17. — 48. Think not that I am come to de- 
ftroy the law or the prophets : I am not come to deftroy, 
but to fulfil. For verily I fay unto you, Till heaven and 
earth pafs, one jot or one title fhall in no wile pafs from 
the law, till all be fulfilled, &:c. Pfal. cxix. 96. I have 
{een an end of all perfection j but thy commandment is 
exceeding broad. 

d Heb. x. 26, — 29. For if we fin wilfully after that we 
have received the knowledge of the truth, there re- 
maireth no more facrifice for fins, but a certain fearful 
looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which 
fhall devour the adverfaries. He that defpifed Moles 
law, died without mercy, under two or three witneffes : 
of how much forer punifhment, fuppofe ye, fhall he be 
thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of 
God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, where- 
with he was fanctined, an unholy thing, and hath done 
defpite unto the Spirit of grace? Chap. xii. 25. See that 
ye refufe not him that fpeaketh : for if they efcaped not 
who refufed him that lpake on earth, much more fhall 
not we efcape, if we turn away from him that fpeaketh 
from heaven. 

e Rom. xv. 29. And I am Aire that when I come unto 
you, I fnall come in the fulnefs of the blefling of the gof* 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Part VI. 

It from the law has pcw'r to kill f, 
Yet fav'uig does its pcw'r fulfil g % 
No favour but of life it luth k, 
Yet moll the favour is of death ;'. 

Weaknefs perfection doth exclude, 
The law is perfect, juft, and good k : 
Yet can it nothing ptrfett make, 
Bet all the comer* to it break /. 

pel of Chrift. A&s in. 26. Unto you firir, God having; 
raifed up his Son Jefus, lent him to blefi you, in turning 
awa; every one of you from his iniquities. 

/ John iii. 18. — Ke that believeth not, is condemned 
sfready, becaufe be hath not believed in the name of the 
only begotten Son of God. Markxvi. 16. — He that believ- 
eth not, mail be damned. Heb. ii. 3. How mall we efcape, 
if we neglect fo great falvation ? 

g Eph. i. 13. InChriitye alfo trufled after that ye 
heard the word of truth, the goipel of your falvation. 

1 Tim. i. 15. This is a faithful laying, and worthy of all 
acceptation, thatChrilt, Jems came into the world to favc 
iinners ; of whom I am chief. 

/; Phil. ii. 16. Holding forth the word of life, Sec. 

2 Tim. i. I. Paul an apoftle of Jefus Chrift, by the will of 
God according to the promife of life, which is in Chrift 
jefus. -v. 10. — Our Saviour Jefus Chrift — hath abolifhed 
death, and hath brought life and immortality to light 
through the gofpel. 

/ 2 Cor. ii. 16. To the one we are the favour of death 
vmto death, See. 

ft Pfal. cxix. 96. I have feen an end of all perfection ; 
but dry commandment is exceeding broad. Rom. vii. i2. 
V.'lieie fore the law is holy; and the comandment holy, 
and juil, and good. Heb. vii. 19. For the law made 
nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; 
by the which wc draw nigh unto God. 

I Heb. \ iii. 19. See letter V. Chap. x. 1. For the law 
bavins a fhadew of rood things to come, and not the ve- 
rv image of the things, can never with thofe lacrinces 
which they orfered year by year continually, make the 
comers thereunto rerfeet. 

Chap. II. The Believer's Principles. 3 1 9 

Strength to the gofpel does belong, 
Mighty through God it is, and ftrong tn z 
It to the law does ftrength emit, 
Yet 'tis the law gives itrength to it. 

The gofpel gives the law, I fee, 
Sufficient ftrength to juftify n\ 
Yet may I fay, in truth it is 
The law that gives the gofpel this e : 

For as the law no finner clears, 
But who the gofpel-garment wears : 
So none are juftified by grace, 
Unlefs the law-demands have place p. 

m Rom. i. 16. For I am not afhamed of the gofpel of 
Chrift : for it is the power of God unto falvation, to eve- 
ry one that believeth, to the Jew firft, and alfo to the 
Greek. 2 Cor. x. 4, 5. For the weapons of our warfare 
are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling 
down of ftrong holds : cafting down imaginations and e- 
vciy high thing that exalteth itfelf againft the knowledge 
of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the 
obedience of Chrift. 

n Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemna- 
tion to them which are in Chrift Jefus, who walk not after 
the flefh, but after the Spirit, v. 3, 4. For what the 
law could not do, in that it was weak through the flefii, 
God did, fending his own Son, in thelikenefs of finful flefh, 
and for fin condemned fin in the flefh : that the righteouf- 
nefs of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not af- 
ter the flefh, but after the Spirit. 

Rom. iii. 3 1 . Do we then make void the law through 
faith ? God forbid : yea, we eftablifh the law. Chap. x. 
4. For Chrift is the end of the law for righteoufnefs to e- 
very one that believeth. 

p Rom. iii. 19, — 22. Now we know that what things 
foever the law faith, it faith to them who are under the 
law ; that every mouth may be flopped, and all the world 
may become guilcy before God. Therefore by the deeds 
of the law, there fhall be no flefh be juftified in his fight : 
for by the law is the knowledge of f :i. Eut now the righte- 

S20 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 

Again the law, which yet Teems worfe, 
Gives go(pel-news condemning force q ; 
Yet they are news that never can, 
Nor neyer will condemn a man r. 

Dread threat'nings to the law pertain s, 
Not to the gofpel's golden chain / : 
Yet all law-threats and Sinai's ire 
To gofpel -grace are wails of fire u. 

The righteous law aflbileth none 
Of Adam's guilty race, fave one v. 

oufnefs of Gcd without the law is manifefted, being wit- 
nelTed by the law and the prophets; even the righteouf- 
nefs of God which is by faith of Jefus Chriftunto all, and 
upon all them that believe; for there is no difference. 
Chap. v. 19. — By the obedience of one mall many be made 
righteous, v. 21.— -Grace reigns through righteouihsfs 
unto eternal life, by Jefus Chrift our Lord. 

q John iii. 18. He that believeth on him, is not con- 
demned : but he that believeth not, is condemned alrea- 
dy, becaufe he hath not believed in the name of the only 
begotten Son of God. 

r Luke ii- 10, 11. And the angel faid unto them [the 
fhepherds] Fear not : for behold, I bring you good tid- 
ings of great joy, which (hall be to all people. For untp 
you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which 
is Chrili: the Lord. John iii. 1 7. For God fent not his Son 
into the world to condemn the world ; but that the world 
through him might be faved. Chap. xii. 47. And if any 
man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not : 
for I came not to judge the world, but to fave the world. 

s Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the 
law, are under the curfe : for it is written, Curfed is e- 
very one that continue th not in all things which are writ- 
ten in the book of the law to do them. 

t Acts xiii. 26. Men and brethren, children of the flock 
of Abraham, and whofoever among you feareth God, to 
yau is the word of this falvation fent. 

u Mark xvi. 16.— He that believeth not fhall be damn- 
ed. Heb. ii. 3. How fhall we efcape, if we neglect fo 
r;reat falvation? Chap. x. 26,-29. Sse httcr d.forccit:d. 

Chip. II. The Believer's Principles, $2* 

Who being cnilty, for this caufe 

By God's juft law condemned was <iu. 

Yet free of guilt it did him fee ; 
Hence fully clear'd, and fet him free ,y. 
Yet, had not guilt his foul involved, 
By law he could not been abfolv'd /. 

But he withal condemn 'd and fpoiFd 
The law of works, which him aflbil'd z: 

v Horn. v. 19. For ai by one man's oifobedience ma^ 
tiy were madefmners : To by the obedience of one (hall ma- 
ny be made righteous. J^hn xvii. 4. I have glorified thee 
on earth : I have finiifoed the work which thou gaveft me 
to do. 

w Ifa. liii. 6. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity 
of us all. Gal. iii. 1 3. Chrift hath redeemed us from the 
curfe of the law, being made a curie for us : for it is writ- 
ten. Cur fed is every one that hangeth on a tree. 

a Ileb. vii. 26. For fuch an high prieft became us, who, 
is holy, harmlefs, undented, feparate from finners, and 
made higher than the heavens. Dan. ix. 24. Seventy weeks 
are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, 
tofinifh the tranfgreffion, and to make an end of fins, and 
to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in ever* 
lading righteoufnefs, and to Peal up the viiion and prophe- 
cy, and to anoint the moft holy. 1 Tim. iii. 16. And 
without controversy, great is the myftery of gcdlinefs : 
God was manifefl in the flefh, juftrfied in the Spirit, feen 
oi angels, preached unto the Gentile-, believed on in the 
world, received up into glorv. Rom. ii. 13. For not the 
hearers of the 'aw are juft before God, but the doers of the 
law fhallbe juftlfied. Ifa. 1. 8. He is near that juft ifieth 
me, who will contend with me? let us ftand together : 
who is mine adversary ? let him come near to me. 

y 2 Cor. v. 21. God hath made Chrift to be fin for us, 
who knew no fin ; that we might be made the righteouf- 
nefs of God in him. 1 Pet. iii. 18. Chrift hath once fuf- 
fered for fins, the juft for the unjuft, (that he might bring 
us to God) being put to death in the nefh, but quickened 
by the Spirit. 

z Col. ii. 14, 15. Blotting out the handwriting of 

R 2 

: oi 

*22 Gospel Sonnets. Fart VI. 

And now the law is (in thefe views) 
The marrow of the gofpel-news a. 

The law can jnftify no man 
That is a (tuner b, yet it can 
Thus favour finful men, and free 
The chief of finners, ouiltv roe c. 

The gofpel too acquitteth none 
That have not put perfection on d. 

ordinances that was againft us, which was contrary to us, 
and took it out of the way, nailing it to his crofs : and 
having fpoiled principalities and powers, he made a fhew 
of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Rom. viii. 
3- For what the law could not do, in that it was weak 
through the flefh, Gcd did, lending his own Son in the 
likenefs of finful flefh, and for fin condemned fin in the 

a Rom. x. 4. For Omit is the end of the law for righte- 
oufnefs, to every one that believeth. Ifa. xlv. 24. Sure- 
ly, mall one fay. In the Lord have I righteoufnefs and 
ftrength. Jer. xxiii. 6. In his days Judah mall be faved^ 
and lirael ihali dwell fafelv; and this is jjis name where- 
by he mall be called, THE LORD OUR -RIGHTEOUS- 

b Rom. iii. 19, 20. Nov/ we know that what things 
'oever the law faith, it fsith to them who are under the 
law ; that every mouth may be {topped, and all the world 
may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds 
of the law there ihall no flefh be juftified in his fight : for 
bv the law is the knowledge of fin. 

c The lav* of 11 orks as fulfilled by Cbr/f y ca?i and docs fc, 
Rom. viii. 3. For what the law could not do, in that it was 
weak through the flefh, God fending his own Son, in the 
likenefs of finful fie ih, and for fin condemned fm in the 
flefh : that the righteoufnefs of the lav/ might be fulfilled in 
ns, who walk not after the fern, but after the Spirit, v. 
33* 34- Who mall lay any thing to the charge of God's e- 
lect i It is God that juftifieth ; who is he that coudemneth? 
It is Chrift that died, yea rather, that is rifen again, who 
is even at the right hand of God, who alfo maketh inter- 
ne flion for us. 

Chap. II. The Believer* s Principles. 323 

/\nd yet it clearcth none (I grant) 
But thole who all perfection want <?. 

Thofe that with gofpel-clearance meet, 
Muft by the law be found complete / : 
Yet never could (again I grant) 
The gofpel juftii'y a faint g. 

All perfect perfons it contronis k % 
And judifies ungodly fouls i \ 

d Rom. iil- 21, 22. But now the righteoufnefs of G®d 
without the lav is manifefted, being witnefTcd by the law 
and the prophets ; even the righteoufnefs of God which is 
by faith of Jems Chriit unto, all, and upon all them that 
believe, for there is no difference. 

c Rom. iv. 5. To him that worketh not, butbelicveth 
on him that juftifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted 
for righteoulnefs. 

/ 1 Cor. i. 30. Eat of him are ye in Chrifr. Jems, who 
of God is made unto us v\ ifdom, and righteoufnefs, and 
fanctification, and redemption. Col. ii. 10. And ye are 
complete ir. him, which is the head of all principality and 

g Matth. i*. 1 j — I am not come to call the righteous, 
but finners to repentance. Rom. iii. 10. There is none 
righteous, no not one. Chap. ix. 33,31,32. What mail 
we fay then? That the Gentiles which followed not after 
righteoufnefs, have attained to righteoufnefs, even the 
righteoufnefs iwhich is of faith.- but Ifrael, which follow- 
ed after the law of righteoufnefs, hath not attained to the 
law of righteoufnefs. Wherefore, becaufe they fought it 
uot by faith, but a? it were by the works of the law. Chap, 
x. 3. Ifrael being ignorant of God's righteoufnefs, and 
going about to eftabiilh their own righteoufnefs, have 
not fubmitted themfelves unto the righteoufnefs of God. 
1 Tim. i. 15. This is a faithful faying, and worthy of all 
acceptation, that Chriit. Jefus came into the world to fave 
finners ; of whom I am chief. 

h Matth. xxi. 31. Jefus faith unto them [the Phari- 
fees], Verily I fay unto yon, that the publicans and the 
harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. Luke 
x.viii. Oj — if. And Jefus fpake this parable unto certain 

324 Gospel Sonnets. Part Vi\ 

Yet (till no man its grace partakes 
But whom it trnly godly makes L 

which trufted in themfehes that they were righteous, and 
defpifed others : Two men went up into the temple to 
pray; the one a Pharifee, and the other a publican. The 
Jpharifee ftood and prayed thus- with himfelf, God, I 
thank thee, that I am not as ether men are, extortion- 
ers, unjufl, adulterers,- or even a's this publican. I fall 
twice in the week, I gjvte tithe:, of all that IpofTefs. And 
the publican {landing; afar off, would not lift up fo much' 
as his eyes unto heaven, but fmote upon his hreaft, fa 
ing, God be merciful to me a firmer.- I tell you this man 
went down to bis houfe j unified rather than the other - 
for every one that exaiteth himfelf, mall be abafed : and 
he that humbleth himfelf, fh9.ll be exalted, v. 2r, 22, 
And he [the ruler] faid, All thefe have I kept from my 
youth up. Nov/ w hen je Ju s hea'd thefe things, he faid 
unto him, Yet lacked thou one thing: fell all that thou 
haft, and diftrihute unto the poor, and thou ilialt have 
treafure in heaven, and-corne, follow me. 

/ Rom. iv. 5, 6. To him chat worketh not, but be- 
lle veth on him that juftifiet-b the ungodly, his faith is 
counted for -righteoufnefs. Even a? Davie alfo describe th 
the bleitednefs of the man ttxrto whom God imputeth 
righteoufnefs without works. ••• - * 

k Titus ii. 11, — 1;4- The grace of God that bringeth 
falvation, hath appeared to all me') ; teaching us, that 
denying ungodlinefs, and worldly lufts, we fhould live 
jbberly, rigktepufly, and godJ.V in (his piefent world; 
locking for that ble'fed hope, and the glorious appearii e 
of the great God and oar Saviour Jefis Ghriifc: who 
gave himfelf for us, that he might redeem us from all in- 
iquity, and purify unto himfeif a peculiar people, reg- 
ions of good works. Chap. iii. 4, 5. .After that tne 
kindnefs and love of God our Saviour toward man appear- 
ed, not by works of righteoufr.els, which we have done, 
but according to his mercy he faved us, by the waihine; 
cf regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghoft. f. 8. 
This is a faithful faying, and the r e things I will that thou 
affirm conftantly, that they which have believed in God, 
might be careful to maintain good works : thefe thin 
are good and profitable unto men. 

CLap. II. The Believer's i : .'tiiciples, 32 J 

The hw withflands the gofpel pa(h /, 
Wliich yet its approbation hath m ; 
The goipel thwarts the legal way rr, 
Yet will approve the law tor ay 0, 

Hence though the gofpefs comely frame 
Doth openly the law condemn f : 

I 1 Cor. xv. 56 — The ftrength of fin is the law. Rom. 
vi. 14. Sin fball not have dominion over you : for ye are 
rot under the law, but under grace. Chap. x. 3- I irae ^ 
being ignorant of God's righteoufnefs, and going abc ut 
to eftablifh their own righte'oufnefs, have not fubmitted 
themfelves unto the rigbteoufnefs of God. 

tn Ifa. xlii. 21. The Loid is well pleafed for his righ- 

teoufnefs fake, he will mafnftfy the law and make it hon- 

1 rable. Matth. iii. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, 

faying, This is my beloved Sop, in whom I am well pleafec. 

n Rom. ix. 31, 32, 33. But I .rael, which followed af- 
ter the law of lighteoufi-e >, hath not attained to the law 
of righteou're.'G. Wherefore ? Becp.uie' they fought it 

Jt by faith, but as it were by the works of the law : 
for they ftumbled at that ftumbling-ftone ; as it is writ- 
ten, Behold, I lay in Zion a ftumbling-ftone, and rock 
of offence ; and v.-hofcever believeth on him ftiall not bt 
afhamed. • 

Rom. vii. 7. What fhail we fay then? Is the law 
fin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known fn but by the 
law : for I had not known iuil, except the law had 'aid, 
Trou fbalt not covet, v. 10. And the commandment 
which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 
v. 12. Wherefore the law is holy, and the command- 
ment holy, andjufr. and good. 

p Rom. v. 5,-9- For Mofes defcribetb the righteouf- 
nefs which is of the law, That the man which doth thofe 
thing*, fh a 11 live by tLem. But the righteoufr.efs which 
is of faith fpeaketh on this wife, Say not in thine heart, 
Who fhall afeend into heaven? (tkat is, to bring Chrift 
down from above) : or, Who (hall defcend into the deep \ 
(that is, to bring up Chriit again from the dead). But 
what faith it ? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, 
and in thy heart; that is the word of faith which we 
preach, That if thou fhalt cor.fefs with thy mouth the 

326 Gospel Sonnets. Fart VI. 

Yet they are blind, who never faw 
The gofpel jultify the law q. 

Thus gofpel-grace and law -commands, 
Both bind and loofe each other's hands : 
They can't agree on any terms r, 
Yet hug each other in their arms f. 

Thofe that divide them cannot be 
The friends of truth and verity / ; 

Lord Jefus, and malt believe in thine heart, that God 
hath raifed him from the dead, thou malt be laved. 

q Rom. ri. 31. Do we then make void the law through 
faith 2 God forbid : yea, we eftablifh the law. 

r Gal. iv. 21, — 26. Teil me, ye that deiire to be un- 
der the lav/, do ye not hear the law ? For it is written, 
that Abraham had two fons; the one by a bond-maid, the 
Other by a free woman. But he who was of the bond-wo- 
man was born after the flefh ; but he of the free -woman 
was by prornife. Which things are an allegory ; for thofe 
are the two covenants ; the one from the mount Sinai, 
which gondereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this 
Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and anfwereth to Jerusa- 
lem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 
But Jerufaleui which is above is free, which is the mo- 
ther of us all. 

/ Pfal. Ixxxiv. 10. Mercy and truth are met together : 
righteoufnefs and peace have kilfed each other. 

s Matth! xiii. 23. Wo unto you, Scribes and Phari- 
fees, hypocrites ; for ye pay tithe of mint, and anife, 
and cummin, and have emitted the weightier matters 
of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith : thele ought 
ye to have done;, and not to leave the other undone. 
Rom. ii. 23. Thou that makefr. thy boaft of the law, 
through breaking the law difnonoareit. thou God? r. 
25, 26. For circumcifion verily profiteth, if thcu keep 
the law; but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circum- 
cifion is made uncircumciiion. ' Therefore, if the uncir- 
cumcifion keep the righteoufnefs of the law, mall not his 
pa circumcifion be counted for circumcif on? Matth. xix. 
6. What God hath joined together, let no man put amn- 
io r. Chap. iii. 15. And Jefus an.fweringj laid unto him 

Chap. II. The Believer s Principles. 327 

Yet thofe that dare confound the two, 
Deftroys them both, and gender wo /. 

This paradox none can decipher, 
That plow not with the gofpei-heifer. 

(John), Suffer it to be fo now : for thus it becometh us t«. 
fulfil all righteoufnefs. Then he fuffered him. Chap. v. 17. 
Think not that I am come to deftroy the law or the pro- 
phets : I am not come to deftroy, but to fulfil, v. 19, 20. 
"Whofoever therefore fhall break one ofthefe leaft com- 
mandments, und ihall teach men fo, he fhall be called the 
1c aft in the kingdom of heaven: but whofoever fhall do, 
and teach them, the lame fhall be called great in the king- 
dom of heaven. For I fay unto you, That except your 
righteoufnefs fhall exceed the righteoufnefs of the Scribes 
and Pharifees, ye fhall in no cafe enter into the kingdom 
of heaven. 1 John v. 6. This is he that came by water 
and blood, even Jefus Chrift ; not by water only, but by 
water and blood : and it is the Spirit that bearetli witneir, 
becaufe the Spirit is truth. 

t Gal. i. 6, 7, 8. I marvel that ye are fo foon remov- 
ed from him that called you into the grace cf Chrift, unto 
another gofpel : which is not another ; but there be fome 
that trouble you, and which pervert the gofpel of Chrift. 
But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any o- 
ther gofpel unto you, than that which we have preached 
unto vou, let him be accurfed. Zenh. i. 4. — I will cut 
off — i'. 5. — them that wo-fhip, and that fwear by the 
Lord, and that fwear by Makham. Atfts xv. 7. And when 
there had been much difputing, Peter rofe up and faid un- 
to them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good 
while ago, God made choice among us, that the Gentiles 
bv my mouth mould hear the word of the gofpel and be- 
lieve- V, io, 11. Nov/ therefore why tempt ye God to 
put a yoke upon the neck of the difciples, which neither 
our fathers nor we were able to bear ? But we believe, 
that through the grace of the Lord Jefus Chrift, we fhall 
befavedeven as they. Gal. v. 1. Stand faft therefore in 
the liberty wherewith Chrift hath made us free, and be 
not entangled again with the yoke of bondage, v. 4- Chrift 
is become of no effeft unto you, whofoever of you are juf- 
■lifisd by the ^w ; ye are fallen -from, grace. 

32S Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 


The Difference betwixt the lav and the gofpcL 

THE law, fuppofing I have all, 
Does ever for perfection call: 
The gofpel fuits my total want, 
And all the law can feek does grant. 

The law could promife life to me, 
}£ my obedience perfect be : 
But grace does promife life upon 
My Lord's obedience alone. 

The law fays, Do f and life you'ii win : 
But grace fays, Live, for all is dor.e ; 
The former cannot eafe my grief, 
The latter yields me full relief. 

By law convine'd of finfnl breach, 
By gofcel-grace I comfort reach : 
The one mv condemnation bears, 
The other jnftifies and clears. 

The law (hews my arrears are great, 
The gofpel freely pays my debt : 
The flrft does me the bankrupt curfe, 
The tart does blefs and fill my purfe. 

The Jaw will not abate a mite, 

The gofpel all the fum will quit : 

There God in threat'nings is array'd, % 

But here in prcmifes difplay'd. 

The law and gofpel difigree, 
Like Hagar, Sarah, bond and free : 
The former's Hagar's fervitude, 
The latter's Sarah's happy brood. 

Chap. II. The Believer's Primplfs. 329 

To Sinai black, and Zion fair, 
The word does law and grace compare. 
Their enrfing and their bleffing vie 
With Ebal and Gerizzim high. 

The law excludes not boafting vain, 
But rather feeds it to my bane : 
Bin gofpel-grace allows no boafts, 
Save in the King, the Lord of hofts. 

The law ftill irritates my fin, 
And hardens my proud heart therein; 
But grace's melting pow'r renews, 
And my corruption ftrong fubdues. 

« The law with thunder, Sinai-like, 
Does always dread and terror fpeak: 
The gofpel makes a joyful noife, 
And charms me with a ftill, calm voice. 

The legal trumpet war proclaims, 
In wrathful threats, and fire, and (lames; 
The gofpel-pipe, a peaceful found, 
Which fpreads a kindly breath around. 

The law is weak through fiqful fleffi, 
The gofpel brings recruits afrefh : 
The firft a killing letter wears, 
The laft a quick'ning fpirit bears. 

The law that feeks perfection's height, 
Yet gives no firength, nor offers might : 
Bur precious gofpel- tidings glad, 
Declare where all is to had. 

From me alone the law does crave, 
What grace affirms in Chrift I have: 
When therefore law-puriuits inthral, 
J fend Lhe law to grace fov all. 

330 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 

The law brings terrors to moled, 
The gofpel gives the weary reft : 
The one does flags of death difplay, 
The other fhews the living way. 

The law by Mofes was expreft, 
The glorious gofpel came by Chrift : 
The firft dim nature's light may trace, 
The laft is only known by grace. 

The law may roufe me from my floth, 
To^faith and to repentance both : 
And though the law commandeth each. 
Yet neither of them can it teach; 

Nor will accept for current coin 
The duties which it does injoin; 
It feeks all, but accepts no lefs 
Then conftant, perfect righteoufnefs* 

The gofpel, on the other hand, 
Although it iffue no command, 
But ftridly view'd, does whole ccnfiii 
In prornifes and offers bleft : 

Yet does it many duties teach, 
With legal light could never reach ; 
Thus faith, repentance, and the like, 
Are fire that gofpel-engines ftrike. 

They have acceptance here through grace^ 
The law affords them no fuch place : 
Yet ft ill they come through both their ban 61 
Through gofpel-teaching, law-commands. 

The law's a houfe of bondage fore, 
The gofpel opes the prifon-door : 
The firft me bamper'd in its net, 
The laft at freedom kindly fet. 

Chap. IT. The Believer's Principles. 3;* 

The precept craves, the gofpel gives ; 
While that mc prefTes, this relieves; 
And or affords the ftrength I lack, 
Or takes the burden of my back. 

The law requires on pain of death; 
The gofpel courts with loving breath : 
While that conveys a deadly wound ; 
This makes me perfect, whole, and found* 

There viewing how difeas'd I am, 
1 here perceive the healing balm : 
Afflicted there with fenfe of need, 
But here refrefh'd with meet remede. 

The law's a charge for what I owe ; 
The gofpel my di {charge to (how : 
The one a fcene of fears doth ope ; 
The other is the door of hope. 

An angry God the law reveal'd ; 
The gofpel lhews him reconcil'd : 
By that I know he was difpleas'd. 
By this I fee his wrath appeas'd. 

The law thus (hews the divine ire, 
And nothing but confuming; fire. 
The gofpel brings the olive-branch, 
And blood the burning fire to quench. 

The law ftill (hews a fiery face ; 
The gofpel (hews a throne of grace ; 
There juftice rides alone in date ; 
But here (he takes the meicy-feat. 

In SUM. 

Lo ! in the law Jehovah dwells, 

But Jelus is concealM ! 
Whereas the gofpel's nothing elfe 

But JefusChrift reveal'd. 

332 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 


The Harmony betwixt the hw and the gofpel* 

THE law's a tutor much in vogue. 
To gofpel grace a pedagogue ; 
The gofpel to the law no lefs 
Than its full end for righteoufnefs. 

When once the fiery law of God 
Has chas'd me to the gofpel road ; 
Then back unto the holy law 
Moft kindly gofpel-grace will draw. 

When by the law to grace I'm fchool'd, 
Grace by the law will have me rul'd? 
Hence, if I don't the law obey, 
I cannot keep the gofpel- way. 

When I the gofpel -news believe, 
Obedience to the law 1 give : 
And that in both it's fed'ral drefs, 
And as a rule of holinefs. 

Lo! in my Head I render all 
For which the fiery law can call : 
His blood unto its fire was fuel, 
His Spirit (hapes me to its rule. 

When law and gofpel kindly meet, 
To ferve each other both unite : 
Sweet prornifes, and ftern commands, 
Do work to one another's hands. 

The divine law demands no lefs 
Than human perfect righteoufnefs : 
The gofpel gives it this and more, 
Ev'n divine righteoufnefs in (lore. 

Whate'er the righteous law require, 
The gofpel grants its whole defire. 

Chap. II. The Believer s Principles. 

Are law-commands exceeding broad ? 
So is the righteoufnefs of God. 

How great foe'er the legal charge, 
The gofpel-payment's equal large : 
No lei's by man the law can bray 
When grace provides a God to pay. 

The law makes gofpel-banqnets fweet; 
The gofpel makes the law complete : 
Law-funs to grace's ftore-houfe draw ; 
Grace decks and magnifies the law. 

Both law and gofpel clofe combine, 
To make each other's luftre fhine : 
The gofpel all law-breaker's {names ; 
The law all gofpel-flighters damns. 

The law is holy, juft, and good ; 
All this the gofpel feals with blood, 
And clears the royal law's juft dues 
With dearly purchas'd revenues. 

The law commands me to believe ; 
The gofpel faving faith does give : 
The law injoins me to repent : 
The gofpel gives my tears a venr. 

What in the gofpel-mint is coin'd, 
The fame is in the law injoin'd : 
Whatever gofpeftidings teach, 
The law's authority doth reach. 

Here join the law and gofpel hands, 
What this me teaches that commands : 
What virtuous forms the gofpel pleafe, 
The fame the law doth autborife. 

And thus the law-commandment feal* 
Whatever gofpel- grace reveals : 



334 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 

The gofpel alfo for my good 

Seals all the law-demands with blood. 

The law mod perfect dill remains* 
And ev'ry duty full contains : 
The gofpel its perfection fpeaks, 
And therefore gives whate'er it feeks. 

Next, what by law I'm bound unto, 
The fame the gofpel makes me do : 
What preceptively that can crave ; 
This effectively can ingrave. 

All that by precepts Heav'n expects, 
Free grace by promifes effects : 
To what the law by fear may move, 
To that the gofpel leads by love. 

To run to work, the law commands ; 
The gofpel gives me feet and hands: 
The one requires that I obey ; 
The other does the paw'r convey. 

What in the law has duty's place, 
The gofpel changes tma grace : 
Hence leo-al duties therein nam'd, 
Are herein gofpel-graces fam'd. 

The precept checks me when I ftray ; 
The promife holds me in the way : 
That (hews my folly when I roam ; 
And this mod kindly brings me home. 

Law-threats and precepts both, I fee, 
With gofpel-promifes agree ; 
They to the gofpel are a fence, 
And to it them a maintenance. 

The law will juftify all thofe 
Who with the gofpel -r a nfom clofe ; 

Chap. II. The Believer's Principles. 33$ 

The gofpel too approves for ay 
All thofe that do the law obey. 

The righteous law condemns each man 
That dare reject the gofpel- plan ; 
The holy gofpel none will fave, 
On whom ir won't the law engrave. 

When Chrift the tree of life I climb, 
I fee both law and grace in him : 
In him the law its end does gain ; 
In him the promife is Amen. 

The law makes grace's pafture fweer, 
Grace makes the law my fav'ry meat ; 
Yea, fweeter than the honey- comb, 
When grace and mercy brings it home. 

The precepts of the law me ihow 
What fruits of gratitude I owe ; 
But gofpel-grace begets the brood, 
And moves me to the gratitude. 

Law-terrors probe the putrid fore ; 
And gofpel-grace applies the cure : 
The one plows up the fallow ground j 
The other lows the feed around. 

A riofid m after was the law, 
Demanding brick, denying ftraw ; 
But when with gofpei tongue it fingf, 
It bids me fly, and gives me wings. 

In S U M. 

Both law and gofpel clofe unite, 

Are feen with more folace, 
Where truth and mercy kindly meet, 

In fair Immanuel's face. 

336 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 


The proper Place and Station of the law and the gofpeL 

Note, That in the four following Paragraphs , as well as in 
the three preceding Sections, by Law, {/ moftly under- 
flood the doctrine of the Covenant of Works ; and by 
Gofpel, the dccJri?:: of the Covenant of Grace. 

Paragraph I. 

The Place and Station of law and gofpel in general. 

WHEN we the facred record view, 
Or divine Teft'ments Old and New ; 
The matter in mcft pages fix'd 
Is law and gofpel intermix'd. 

Yet few, ev'n in a learned age, 
Can fo refolve the facred page, 
As to difcern with equal eye, 
Where law, where gofpel fever'd lie. 

One divine text with double claufe 
May fpeak the gofpel's voice and law's * ; 
Hence men to blend them both are apt, 
Should in one fentence both be wrapt. 

* Ex- gr. Lev. xx. 7, 8. Sanctify yourfelves therefore, 
and be ye holy : for I am the Lord your God. And ye {hall 
keep my flatutes, and do them : I am the Lord which 
fanclify you. 1 John iv. 7. Beloved, let us love one ano- 
ther: for love is of God; and every one that loveth, is 
born of God, and knoweth God. v. 21. Tlir.t as 
fin hath reigned unto death, even fo might grace reign 
through righteoufnefs unto eternal life, by Jefivs Chrift 
our Lord. Chap. vi. 23. For the wages of fin is death ; 
but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jems Chriit 
our Lord. Mark xvi. 15, 16. And he laid unto them, Go 
ye into all the wo-rld and preach the gofpel to every crei- 

Chap. II. The Believer s Principles. 

]3ut that we may the truth purfue, 
And give both law and grace their due, 
And God the glory there difplay'd ; 
The following rules will give us aid : 

Where-e'er in facred writ we fee 
A word of grace or promife free, 
With bleflings dropt for Jems' fake ; 
We theie fur gofpel news may take. 

But where a precept ftrict we find 
With promife to our doing join'd, 
Or threat 'nirgs witk a wrathful frown ; 
This as the law we juft!y own. 


Paragraph II. 

The Place and Station of law -and gofpel in particular 
Where the difference is noted betwixt the gofpel large 
ly viewed in its difpenfation, and ftriJtly in itself : a::ci 
betwixt the gofpel, and faith receiving it. 

WOULDST thou diltinaiy know the found 
Of law and inace, then don't confound, 
The difpenfation with the grace ; 
For theie two have a diftmci plies'. 

The £ofpel thus difpens'd we fee, 
• Believe and thou fhalt laved be ; 
i If nor, thou fhalt be damn'd to he!!/ 
Arid in eternal torments dweli. 

Here precepts in it ate difpens'd, 
With threat'niugs of damnation fenced , 

[turc. He that belie veth and is baptized, mall be faveri \ 
put he that beiieveth not, fhall be damned. . John iii. i£ 
IFIe that beliovcth on him, is not condemned : but he tlau 
nelieveth not, is condemned already, becaule he hath not 
I'ilisved en the name cf the only be^otUa Son of Cod ; & C - 

33& Gospel Sonnets. P«*rt VI. 

The legal fanclion here takes place, 
That none may dare abufe free grace. 

Yet nor does that command of faith, 
Nor this tremendous threat of wrath, 
Belong to gofpel ftrictly fo; 
But to its difpenfation do. 

The method of difpenfing here, 
Does law and gofpel jointly bear: 
Becaufe the law's fubfervient 
Unto the gofpel's bleiVd intent. 

Precepts and threat'nings both make way, 
The gofpel bleflings to convey ; 
Which differs much (though thus difpens'd) 
From laws and threats whereby 'tis fene'd. 

* Believe, and thou fhalt faved be/ 
2s gofpel, but improperly ; 
Yet fafely men may call it thus, 
Becaufe 'tis fo difpens'd to us. 

But fure the gofpel-news we fing, 
Muft be fome other glorious thing, 
Than precepts to believe the fame, 
Whatever way we blend their name. 

The gofpel-rreaiure's fomething more 
Than means that do apply the itore : 
Believing is the method pav'd, 
The gofpel is the thing belie y d. 

The precious thing is tidings lweet 
Of Chrift a Saviour moft complete, 
To fave from Cm, and death, and wrath j 
Which tidings tend to gender faith. 

4 Faith comes by hearing' God's record 
Concerning Tefus Chriit the Lord, 

Chap. II. The Believer's Principles: 339 

And is the method Heav'n has bleft 
For bringing to the gofpel-reft. 

The joyful found is news of grace, 

And life to Adam's guilty race, 

Through Jefus' righteoufnefs divine, 

Which bright € from faith to faith' does (hine. 

The promife of immortal blifs 
Is made to this full righteoufnefs : 
By this our right to life is bought ; 
Faith begs the right, but buys it not. 

True faith receives the offer'd good, 
And promife feal'd with precious blood : 
It gives no title to the blifs, 
But takes th' intitling righteoufnefs. 

This object great of faving faith, 
And this alone the promife hath ; 
For 'tis not made to faith's poor atl, 
But is the prize that faith does take : 

And only as it takes the fame, 

It bears a great and famous name ; 

For fclf, and all its grandeur, dqwn 

It throws, that Chrift may wear the ctowe. 

But if new laws and threats were all 
That gofpel properly we call, 
Then were the precept to believe, 
No better news than do and live. 

If then we won't diftinguifh here, 
We cloud, but don't the gofpel clear ; 
We blend it with the fiery law, 
And all into confufion draw. 

The law of works we introduce, 
As if old merit were in ufe, 


340 Gospel Sonnets. Pift-'-VL 

When man could life by doing won, 

Ev'n though the work by grace were done. 

Old Adam in his innocence 
Deriv'd his pow'r of doing hence : 
As all he conld was wholly due ; 
So all the working ftrength, he knew, 

Was only from the grace of God, 
Who with fuch favour did him load • 
Yet was the promife to his act, 
That he might merit by compacl. 

} No merit but of paction could 

Of men or angels e'er be told ; 

The God-man onlv was fo hi eh 
To merit by condignity. 

Were Life now projnis'd to cur ac"c, 
Or to our works by paction tack'd ; 
Though God fhould his affiltarice grant, 
'Tis dill a doing- covenant. 

Though Heav'n its helping grace fliould yield, 

Yet merit's ftili upon the field ; 

We cad the name, yet (till ? iis found 

Difclaita'd but with a verbal found. 


If on* fliotiW borrow tools from yen. 
That he fbme fanions work might do*. 
When once his work is well prepar'd, 
He fure defer ves his one reward ; 

Yea, juftly may he claim his due, 
Although he borrow'd tools from you : 
Even thus the borrow'd ftrength of gr3ce 
Can't hinder merit to take place. 

From whence foe'er we borrow powVs, 
If life depend on works of ours ; 

hap. II. The Believer's Principles. 341 

Or if we make the gofpel thus 
In any fort depend on us; 

We give the law the gofpel-place, 
Rewards of debt the room of grace; 
We mix HeavVs treafures with our trafli, 
And magnify corrupted flefh : 

The new and gofpel covenant 
No promife to our works will grant; 
But to the doing of our Head, 
And in him to each gofpel-deed. 

To godlinefs, which is great gain, 
Promife is faid to appertain : 
But know, led you the gofpel mar, 
In whom it is we godly are. 

To him and to his righteoufnefs 
Still primar'ly the promife is ; 
And not ev'n to the gracious deed, 
Save in and through the glorious Head. 

Pray let us here obferve the odds, 
How law and grace take counter roads, 
The law of wotks no promife fpake 
Unto the apent. but the acl. 

It primar'ly no promife made 
Unto the per [on > but the deed : 
Whatever the doing perfon fhar'd, 
7 Twas for his dttd he had reward. 

The law of grace o'erturns the fcale, 
And makes the quite reverfe prevail ; 
Its promife lights Hot on the deed, 
But on the doing pcrfon's head ; 

Not for his doing, but for this, 
Becaufe in Chrift his perfon is : 

s 7 

342 Gospel Sonnets. Part VL 

Which union to the living Prince, 
His living work? and deeds evince. 

Good fruits have promife in this view., 
As union to the Branch thev fhew : 
To whom the promife s pertain, 
In him a\)yea, and all ame?u 

Obferve, pray ; for if here we err, 
And do not Chrift alone prefer, 
But think the promife partly flands 
On our obeying new commands ; 

Th' old cov'nant-place to works we gitoe. 
Or mingle grace with do and live ; 
We overcloud the gofpel- charms, 
And alfo break our working arms. 

More honour to the law profef^ 
But giving more we give it leis. 
Its heavy yoke in vain we draw, 
By turning gofpel into law. 

We rob grace of its joyful four.d, 
And bury Chrifc in Mofcs' ground s 
At bed we run a legal race 
Upon the field of gofpci-grace. 

Paragraph III. 


The gofpel no new Law, but a joyful foiled of Grace quid 

LAW-Precepts in a gofpel -mould, 
We may as gofpel doctrine hold ; 
But gofpel-calls in legal drefs, 
The joyful found of grace fupprefs. 

Faith and repentance may he taught, 
And yet no gofpel- ridings brought ; 

Chap. H. 7 he Belt ver's Principles. 343 

If as mere duties thefe we prefs, 
And nor as parts of promis'd bliis. 

If only precepts we prefent, 
Though urg'd with ftrongeft argument, 
We leave the wak'ned Tinner's hepe 
In darknefs of defpair to grope. 

The man whom legal precepts chafe, 
As yet eftrang'd to fov'reign grace, 
IVliftaking evangelic charms, 
As if they ilcod on legal terms, 

Looks to himfelf, though dead in fin, 
For grounds of faith and hope within ; 
Hence fears and fetters grow and fuel), 
Since nought's within but fin and hell. 


But faith that looks to promis'd grace. 
Clean out of felf the foul will chafe, 
To Chrift for righteoufuefs and ftrength, 
And finds the joyful reft at length. 

Proud flefh and blood will ftartle here, 
And hardly iuch report can bear, 
That Heav'n all laving (lore will give 
To them that Kvcrk not, but believe. 

Yet c not of work?/ but 'tis the race 
' Of faith, that it may be of grace :* 
For faith does nothing but aoree 
To welcome this (alvatio.n free. 

" Come do<ix)?i 9 'Zaccbeus, quickly come, 
" Salvation's brought unto thv home : 
" In vain thou climb'ft the legal tree; 
i( Salvation freely comes to thee. 

" e Thou dream'ft of coming up to terms, 
(i Come down into my laving arms -, 

344 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 


Down, down, and get a pardon free, 
u On terms already wrought by me, 

" Behold the bleffings of my blood, 
u Bought for thy everlafting good, 
l( And freely all to be convey'd 
tC Upon the price already paid. 

Ci I know thou haft no good, and fee 
(t I cannot Hand on terms with thee, 
<c Whofe fall has left thee nonpht to claim, 
<c Nor aught to boaft but fin and mame." 

The law of heavy hard commands 
Confirms the wak'ned finner's bands •, 
But grace proclaims relieving news, 
And fcenes of matchlefs mercy mews. 

No precept clogs the gofpel-call, 
But wherein grace is all in all ; 
No law is here but that of grace, 
Which brings relief in ev'rv cafe. 

The gofpel is rhe promife fair 
Of grace all ruins to repair, 
And leaves no finner room to fay, 
c< Alas! this debt I cannot pay; 

<c This grievous yoke I cannot bear, 
<e This high demand 1 cannot clear. ' : 
Grace flops the mouth of fuch complaints, 
And (lore of full fupply prefents. 

The pjorious gofpel is (in brief) 
A fov'reign word of fweet relief; 
Not clogg'd with cumberfome commands, 
To bind the foul's receiving hands. 

'Tis joyful news of fov'reign grace, 

That reigns in (late through righteoufnefs, 

Chap. II. The Believer 'j Principle!, 345 

To ran r om from all threat'ning woes, 
And anfwcr all commanding do % s : 

This gofpel comes with help indeed, 
Adapted unto Tinner's need : 
Thefe joyful news that fuit their cafe, 
Are chariots of his drawing grace : 

'Tis here the Spirit pow'rful rides, 
The fountains of the deep divides : 
The King of glory's fplendour (hews, 
And wins the heart with welcome news. 

Paragraph IV. 

The gofpel farther defcribed, as a Bundle of good 
News and gracious Promifes. 

T II E firfl grand promife forth did break 
In threats r.gainft the tempting fnake ; 
So may the gofpel in commands, 
Yet nor in threats nor precepts ftands : 

But 'tis a doctrine of free grants 
To Tinners that they may be faints: 
A joyful found of royal gifts, 
To obviate unbelieving fhifts : 

A promife of divine fup^Iies, 
To work all gracious qualities 
In thole who proneft to rebel, 
Are only qualify 'd for hell. 

Courting vile Tinner*, ev'n the chief, 
It leaves no cloak for unbelief: 
But ev'n on grofs Manaffebs calk, 
On Miry Magdalens and Sauls. 

'Tis good news of a fountain ope 
For fin and filth ; a door of hope 

346 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 

For thofe that lie in blood and gore, 
And of a falve for ev'ry fore. 

Glad news of fight unto the blind ; 
Of light unto the dark'ned mind ; 
Of healing to the deadly fick ; 
And mercy both to Jew and Greek. 

Good news of gold to poor that lack; 
Of raiment to the naked back ; 
Of binding to the wounds that fmart ; 
And reft unto the weary heart. 

Glad new T s of freedom to the bound j 
Of ftore all loffes to refound ; 
Of endlefs life unto the dead ; 
And prefent help in time of need. 

Good news of heav'n, where angels dwell, 
To thofe that well deferved hell ; 
Of ftrength to weak for work and war, 
And acceis near to thofe afar. 

Glad news of joy to thofe that weep, 
And tender care of cripple flieep ; 
Of fhelter to the foul purfu'd, 
And cleanfing to the hellifb-hu'd : 

Of floods to fap the parched ground, 
And ftreams to run the defert round ; 
Of ranfom to the captive caught, 
And harbour to the foundering yacht ; 

Of timely aid to weary groans ; 
Of joy reftor'd to broken bones ; 
Of grace divine to gracelefs preys, 
And glory to the vile and bafe: 

Of living water pure, that teerns 
On fainting fouls refrefhing dreams ; 

hap. II. The Believer s Principles. 347 

Of gen'rous wine to chear the ftrong, 
And milk to feed the tender young : 

Of faving faith to faithlefs ones; 

Of foftening grace to flinty (tones ; 

Of pardon to a guilty crew, 

And mercy free, where wrath was due. 

Good news of welcome kind to all, 
That come to Jefus at his call ; 
Yea, news of drawing pow'r, when fcant^ 
To thofe that fain would come, and can't* 

Glad news of rich myfterious grace, 
And mercy meeting ev'ry cafe ; 
Of ftore immenfe all voids to fill, 
And free to whofoever will : 

Of Chrift exalted as a Prince, 
Pardons to give and penitence; 
Of grace o'ercoming ilubborn wills, 
And leaping over Dether hills. 

' Faith comes by hearing* thefe reports ; 
Straight to the court of grace reforts, 
And free of mercenary thought, 
Gets royal bounty all for nought. 

Faith's wing within the clammy fea 
Of legal merit cannot fly ; 
But mounting mercy's air apace, 
Soars in the element cf grace. 

But as free love the blefling gives 
To ' him that works not, bun believes i 
So faith, once reaching its defire, 
' rhs hard bj love, but not for hire, 

348 Gospel Sonnets. Pi at VI. 


The Believer's Principles concerning 
Juftificaiion and Sanclijication^ their 
Difference and Hannonv, 

S E C T. I. 

The Difference between j unification and fantfificatio?: ; 
or righteoufnefs imputed and grace imparted ; in up- 
wards of thirty particulars J 


I N D Jtfus fpent his life to fpin 
My robe of perfect righteoufnefs; 
But by his Spirit's work within 
He forms my gracious holy drefs. 

He as a Pried me juftifies, 

His blood does roaring confeience dill \ 
But as a King he fan&ifics, 

And fubjugates my itubborn will. 

He juftifyiug by his merit, 

Imputes to me his righteoufnefs ; 

But juftifying by Lis Spirit, 
Infufes in me faving grace. 

My juftifyir-g righteoufnefs 

Can merit by condignity ; 
But nothing with my ftrongeft grace 

Can be deferv'd by naughty me. 

* Note, That (metri caufa) Juitification is hare forne- 
times exprelfed bv the words imputed grace, juftifyiug 
grace, righteoufnefs, &c. : Sanetification bv the names, 
imparted, grace, graces, holinefs , fanQit% % &c. v. hick 
the judkiuus will eaiily nixie rftartd. 

hap. III. The Believer's Principles. 349 

This juuVifying favour fets 

The guilt of all my lin remote ; 
But fan&ifying grace deletes 

The filth and blacknefs of its blot. 

By virtue of this righteoufnefs 

Sin can't condemn nor juftly brand i 

By virtue of infufed grace 
Anon it ceafes to command. 

The righteoufnefs which I enjoy, 

Sin's damning pow'r will wholly ftay ; 

And grace imparted will deftroy 
Its ruling domlneeriwg fway. 

The former is my Judge's acl: 

Of condonation full and free : 
The latter his commenced fa ft, 

And gradual work advane'd in me. 

The former's inftantaneou?, 

The moment that I firft believe ; 

The latter is, as Keav'n allows, 
Progreffive while on earth I live. 

The firft will peace to confeience give, 
The lad the filthy heart will clear, fe : 

The firft effects a relative, 

The laft a real inward change. 

The former pardons every fin, 

And counts me righteous, free, andjuft; 
The latter quickens grace within, 

And mortifies mv fin and loft. 

Imputed gruce intiiles me 

Unto etrrnal happinefs ; 
Imparted grace will qualify 

That hcav'nly kingdom to puffed 


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My righteoufnefs is infinite, 
Both fubjeclively and in kind; 

My holinefs moft incomplete, 
And daily wavers like the wind. 

So lafting is my outer drefs, 
It never wears nor waxes old ; 

My inner garb of grace decays 

And fades, if Heav'n do not uphold* 

My righteoufnefs and pardon is 

At once moft perfect and complete ; 

But fan&ity admits degrees, 
Does vary, fluctuate and fleet. 

Hence fix'd, my righteoufnefs divine 
No real change can undergo ; 

But all my graces wax and wane, 
By various turnings ebb and flow. 

I'm by the firft as righteous now, 
As e'er hereafter I can be; 

The laft will to perfection grow, 
Heav'n only is the full degree. 

The firft is equal, wholly giVn, 
And ftill the fame in evVy faint : 

The laft unequal and unev'n, 

While fome enjoy what others want; 

My righteoufnefs divine is frefli, 
For ever pure and heav'nly both ; 

My fanclity is partly flefri, 

And juitly term'd a rnenuVrous cloth. 

My righteoufnefs I magnify, 
'Tis my triumphant lofty flag ; 

But pois'd with this, my fanctity 
Is nothing but a filthy rag. 

Part VI. 

Chap. 111. 7 he Believer's Principles. 

I glory in my righteoufnefs, 

And loud extol it ivita my tongue; 

But all my g^ace, compar'd with this, 
I under rate as loisand dung. 

By juftifying grace I'm apt 

Of divine iavjur free to boafl ; 

By holin^fs I'm partly fhap'd 
Into his. image I had loll. 

The firft: to divine jultice pays 

A rent to dill the furious ilorm y 

The laft to divine holinefs 

Inftru&s me duly to conform. 

The firft does quench the fiery law, 

its rigid cov'nant fully (lay ; 
The Ialt its rule embroider'd draw, 

To deck my heart, and gild my way. 

The fubjecl: of my righteoufnefs 

Is Chrift himfelf my glorious Head •, 

But I the fubjecl; am of grace, 
As he fupplies my daily need. 

The matter of the former too 

Is only Chrift's obedience dear ; 

But lo, his helping me to do 

Is all the work and matter here. 

I on my righteoufnefs rely 

For Heave's acceptance free, and \\\a ; 
But, in this matter irmft deny 

My grace, ev'n as 1 do my fin. 

Though all my graces precious are, 

Yea ? perfect alfo in defire ; 
They cannot (land before the bar 

Where awful juftice is umpire : 



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Part VL 

But, In the robe that Chrift did fpin, 
Tbey arc of great and high requeft ; 

They have acceptance wrapt within 
My elder Brother's bloody veil. 

My righteoufnefs proclaims me great, 
And fair ev'n in the fight of God ; 

But fanftity's my main ofF-fet 
Before the gazing world abroad. 

More juftify'd I cannot be 

By all my mofb religious afts ; 

But thefe increafe my fanctity, 
That's ftill attended with defers. 

My righteoufnefs the fafeft ark 

'Midft ev'ry threatening flood will be ; 

My graces but a leaking bark 
Upon a flormy raging fea. 

I fee in juflifying grace 

God's love to me does ardent burn ; 
But by imparted holinefs 

I grateful love for love return. 

My righteoufnefs is that which draws 
Mv thankful heart to this refoe&: 

The former then is flrd: the caufe, 
The latter is the fweet efreft. 

Chrift is, in juflifying me, 

By name, Th 
Bur, as be comes to fanclify, 

The Lord my (trength and help he is. 

In that I have the patient's place, 
For there Jehovah's acl is all : 

But in the other I'm through grace 
An a^ent working at his call. 

Lord my righteoufnefs; 

Chap. IF!. The Believer s Principles. $53 

The fir £1: does flavifh fear forbid, 

For there his wrath revenging ends ; 

The lad commands my filial dread, 
For here paternal ire attends. 

The former dees annul my wo, 

By God's judicial fentence pad ; 
The latter makes my graces grow, 

Faith, love, repentance, and the reft. 

The firfl: does divine pard'ning love 

Mod freely manifelt to me ; 
The lad makes fhining graces prove 

Mine int'reft in the pardon free. 

My foul in juflifying grace 

Does full and free acceptance gain ; 

In fanftity I Heavenward prefs, 
By fweet affiftance I obtain. 

The firft declares I'm free of debt, 

And nothing left for me to pay ; 
The laft makes me a debtor yer, 

But helps to pay it ev'ry day. 

My righteoufnefs with wounds and blood 
Difcharg'd both law and juftice' fcore ; 

Hence with the debt of gratitude 
I'll charge myfelf for evermore. 


The Harmony between jufiipcatioti and fa?2{iipct ! .tiau.. 

H E who me decks with righteoufnefs, 

With grace will alfo clothe ; 
For glorious Jefus came to blefs 

By blood and water both. 

That in his righteoufnefs 1 truft f 
My fandtity will (hew ; 

g J4 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI 

Though graces cannot make me juft> 
They (hew me to be fo. 

All thofe who freely juftify'd 

Are of the pardon'd race, 
Anon are alfo fanctify'd 

And purify'd by grace. 

Where jnftice ftern does juftify* 

There hoiinefs is clear'd ; 
Heav'n's equity and fan&ity 

Can never be fever'd. 

Hence, when my foul with pardon deck'd ? 

Perceives no divine ire, 
Then hoiinefs I do affec't 

With paffionate defire. 

His justifying grace is fuch 

As wafts my foul to heav'n : 
I cannot choofe but love him much, 

Who much has me forgiv'n. 

The Sun of righteoufnefs that bring$ 

Kemiffion in his rays, 
The healing in his golden wings 

Of lioht and heat conveys. 

Where-ever Jefus is a Prieft, 

There will he be a King ; 
He that affoils from fin's arre.ft, 

Won't tolerate its reign. 

The title of a precious grace 

To faith may jullly fail, 
Becaufe its open arms embrace 

A precious Chriit for all. 

From precious faith a precious ftrifc 
Of precious virtues flow j 

Chap. III. The Believer's Principles. 

A precious heart, a precious life, 
And precious duties too. 

Whenever faith does juftify, 
It purifies the heart \ 

The pardon and the purity- 
Join hands and never part. 

The happy ftate of pardon doth 

An holy life infer: 
In fubje&s capable of both 

They never funder'd were. 

Yet in defence of truth mufl we 

Diftinctly view the twain : 
That how they differ, how agree, 
We may in truth maintain. 

Two natures in one perfon dwell, 

Which no divifion know, 
In our renown'd Immanuel, 

Without confufion too. 

Thofe that divide them grofsly err, 
Though yet diftin& they be : 

Thofe who confufion hence infer, 
Imagine blafphemy. 

Thus righteoufnefs and grace we mufl: 
Nor (under nor confQiind ; 

Elfe holy peace to us is loft, 
And facred truth we wound. 

While we their proper place maintain, 
In friendfhip fweet they dwell; 

But or to part or blend the twain, 
Are errors batch'd in hell." 

To feparate what God does join, 
Is wicked and profane y 


356 Gospel Sonnets, Part VI. 

To mix and mutilate his coin, 
Is damnable and vain* 

Though plain diftin&ion muft take plaee ; 

Yet no divifion here, 
Nor dark confufion, elfe the grace 

Of both will difappear. 

Lo ! errors'grofs on ev'ry fide 

Confpire to hurt and wound ; 
Antinomies do them divide, 

And legalifts confound. 


The Believer's Principles concerning 

Faith and Senfe, 

i. Of Faith and Senfe natural. 

2. Of Faith and Senfe fpiritual. 

3. The Harmony and Difcord between Faith and Senfe. 

4. The Valour and Victories of Faith. 

5. The Heights and Depths of Senfe. 

6. Faith and Frames compared ; or Faith building up- 

on Senfe difcovered. 


Faith an^ Senfe natural, compared and diftmguifneih 

WHE N Abram's body, Sarah's womb, 
Were ripe for nothing but the tomb, 
Exceeding old, and wholly dead, 
Unlike to bear the promised ht(S : 

Faith faid, " I /hail an Ifaac fee ;" 
" No, no/' faid fenfe, *f it cannot be; r 
Blind realbn to augment the ftrifc, 
Adds., " How can death engender life?'* 

Chap. IV. The Believer's Principles. 257 

My heart is like a rotten tomb, 
More dead than ever Sarah's womb; 
O ! can the promis'd feed of grace 
Spring forth of iuch a barren place ? 

Senfe gazing but on flinty rocks, 
My hope and expectation chokes : 
But could I, (kill'd in Abnun's art, 
Overlook my dead and barren heart ; 

And build my hope on nothing lefs 
Than divine pow'r and fairhfuluefs j 
Soon would I find him raife up fojis 
ToAbram, out of rocks and ftones. 

Faith acts as bufy boatmen do, 
Who backward look and forward rov; 
It looks intent to things unfeen, 
Thinks objects viflble too mean. 

Senfe thinks it madr.efs thus to freer, 
And only trufts its eye and ear ; 
Into faith's boat dare thruil its oar, 
And put it further from the fnore. 

Faith does alone the promife eye ; 
Senfe won't believe unlefs it fee ; 
Nor can it truft the divine guide, 
Unlefs it have both wind and tide. 

Faith thinks the promife fare and good ; 
Senfe doth depend on likelihood ; 
Faith ev'n in dorms believes the feers ; 
Senfe calls all men, ev'n prophets, liar?. 

Faith ufes means, but refts on none ; 
Senfe fails when outward 1 leans are gone, 
Trufts more on probabilities, 
Than all the divine prethffi 

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Part VL 

It refts upon the rufty beam 
Of outward things that hopeful feem ; 
Let thefe its fupports fink or ceafe, 
No promife then can yield to peace. 

True faith that's of a divine brood, 
Confults not bafe with fiefh and blood ; 
But carnal fenfe, which ever errs, 
With carnal reafon {till confers. 

What ! won't my difciples believe 
That I am rifen from the grave f 
Why will they pore on duir. and death. 
And overlook my quick'ning breath ? 

Why do they flight the word I fpake ? 
And rather forry counfcl take 
With death, and with a powerful grave, 
If they their captive can relieve ? 

Senfe does inquire if tombs of clay 
Can fend their guelts alive away ; 
Bnr faith will hear Jehovah's word, 
Of life and death the fov'reign Lord. 

Should I give ear to rotten dull, 
Or to the tombs confine my truft ; 
No refurreclion can I fee, 
For dull that flies into min* eye. 

What ! Thomas*, can't thou truft: fo much 
To me as to thy fight and touch? 
Won't thou believe till fenfe be guide, 
And thruft its hand into my fide I 

Where is thy faith if it depends 
On nothing but t\y finger-ends ? 
But blelVd are they the truth who feal 
By faith, yet never fee nor fee!. 

CUp. IV. The Believer's Principles. 35$ 


Faith and Senfe Spiritual, compared and diftinguifhed. 
Alfo the Difference between the Aflurar.ce of Faith, 
and the AfTurance of Senfe. 

THE certainty of faith and fenfe 
Wide differ in experience : 
Faith builds upon, i Thus faith the Lord \ 
Senfe views his nvork, and not his word* 

God's word without is faith's reforr, 

His work within cloth fenfe fupport. 

By faith we truft him without * pawns, * Pledges, 

By fenfe we handle with our lunds. 

By faith the word of truth's receiv'd, 
By fenfe we know we have beiiev'd. 
Faith's certain by fiducial aels, 
Senfe by its evidential facl?. 

Faith credits the divine report, 
Senfe to his breathings makes refort : 
That on his word of grace will hing, 
This on his Spirit witnefling. 

By faith I take the Lord for mine, 
By ievA'e I feel his love divine ; 
By that I touch his garment's hem, 
By this find virtue thence to ftream. 

By fajth I have mine all on band, 
By fenfe 1 have fome ftock in hand a 
By that fome vilion is begun, 
By this I fome fruition win. 

My faith can live ev'n in exile, 
Senfe cannot live without a fmile. 
By faith I to his proroife fly^ 
By fenfe I in his bofom lie, 

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Part VI 

Faith builds upon the truth of God, 
That lies within the promife broad ; 
But fenfe upon the truth of grace 
His hand within my heart did place. 

Thus Chrift's the cbjecl: faith will eye, 
And faith's the objecl fenfe may fee : 
Faith keeps the truth of God in view, 
While fenfe the truth of faith ipav iftew. 

Kence faith's a dura nee firm can ftand, 
When fenfe's in tW deep may 11 rand ^ 
And faith's perfuafion fuli prevail, 
When comfortable fenfe may fail. 

I am affar'd when faith's in aft, 

Though fenfe and feeling both I lacr ; 
And thus myfterious is nvy lot, 
I'm ofr afTur'd when 1 am not ; 

Ofc pierc'd with racking doubts and fears \ 
Yet faith thefe brambles never bears ; 
But unbelief that curs my breath, 
And Hops the language of my faith. 

Clamours of unbelieving feats. 
So frequently difcurb mine ears, 
1 cannot hear what faith would fay, 
Till once the noify clamours ftaj 

And then will frefh experience &&&, 
When faith gets \cci\'e Ife min 

The native language w of >s 
" My Lord is mine, at.d I am hi 

Sad doubting compafs me about, 
Yet faith itfeif could never c t ; 
Ycr> as the facred volume faith, 
Much doubting argues little faith 

tap. IV. Tbe Btlfcvtf** Principles. 361 

The doubts and fears that work my griefi 
Flow not from faith, biu unbelief ; 
For faith, whene'er it acleth, cures 
The plague of doubts, and me allures. 

But when mine eye of faith's afleep, 
I dream of drowning in the deep : 
But as befah the fleeping eye, 
Though light remain, it cannot fee ; 

The feeing faculty abides, 
Though fleeo from active feeing hides ; 
So faith's a {Turing pow'rs endure 
Ev'n when it ceaies to allure. 

There's (till peifuafion in my fai'1:, 
Ev'n when I'm RUM with feats of wrath ; 
The crafting habit (till remains, 
Though (lumbers hold* the acl in chains. 

Th' affnring faculty it keep?, 
i>'n when us eye m darknef^ fleeps, 
Wrapt up in doubts ; but when it wakes, 
It roufes up amaring acTts. 


The Harmony and Difcord between Faith and Senfe ; 
how they help, and how they mar each other. 

T HOUGH gallant faith can keep the field 
When cow'rdly fenfe will fly or yield : 
Yet while I view their ufual path, 
Senfe often ftauds and falls with faith. 

Faith ufhers in fweet pence and joy, 
Which further heartens faith's employ : 
Faith like the head, and fenfe the heart, 
&Q mutual vigour fiefh impart. 

$(*2 Gospel Sonnets. Part yi. 

When lively faith and feeling fweer, 
Like dearetl darlings, kindly meet, 
They ftraight each other help and hug 
In loving friendihip clofe and fnug. 

Faith gives to fenfe both life and breath, 
And fenfe gives joy and ftrength to faith ; 
•' O now, fays faith, how fond do I 
" in fenfe's glowing bofom lie !" 

Their mutual kindnefs then is fuch, 
That oft they doting too too much, 
Embrace each other out of breath ; 
As iEfophugg'd his child to death. 

Faith leaping into fenfe's arms, 
AUui'd with her bewitched charms, 
In hugging thefe, lets raihly flip 
The proper object of its grip ; 

Which being loft, behold the thrall 1 
Anon faith lofes fenfe and all ; 
Thus unawares cuts fenfe's breath, 
While fenfe trips up the heels of faith. 

Her charms affuming Jefus* place, 
While faith's luii'd in her Cbtt embrace ; 
Lo ! foon in dying pleafures wrapt, . 
Its living joy away is fnapt. 


The Valour and Victories of Faith 

5 Y faith I un Teen Beings fee 

Forth lower beings call. 
And fay to nothing, Let it be, 

And nothing hatches all. 

Bv faith I know the worlds where made. 
By God's great word of mieht ; 

Chap. IV. The Believer s Principles. 363 

How loon, Let there be light, he faid., 
That moment there was light. 

By faith I (bar and force my flight, 

Through all the clouds of fenfe ; 
1 fee the glories out of fight. 

With brighteft evidence. 

By faith I mount the azure Iky, 

And from the lofty fphere, 
The earth a little mott eipy, 

Unworthy of my care. 

By faith I fee the unfeen things, 

Hid from all mortal eyes ; 
Proud reafon it; etching all its wing?, 

Beneath me flutt'ring lies. 

By faith I build my lading hope 

On righteoufnefs divine ; 
Nor can 1 fink with fuch a prop, 

Whatever ltorms combine. 

By faith my works, my right eoufnefs, 

And duties all I own 
But lofs and dung j and lay my ftrefs 

On what my Lord has done. 

By faith I overcome the world, 

And all its hurtful charms ; 
I'm in the heav'nlv chariot hurl'd 

Through all oppofing harms. 

By faith I have a conqu'rinrr pow'r 

To tread upon my foes, 
To triumph in a dying hour, 

And banifli all my woes. 

By faith in midft of wrongs I'm right; 
in fad decays I thrift 

* > 

364 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 

In weaknefs I am ftrong in might, 
In death I am alive. 

By faith I (land when deep I fall, 

In darknefs I have light ; 
Nor dare I doubt and queftion all 

When all is out of light. 

By faith I truft a pardon free, 

Which puzzles flefh and blood ; 
To think that God can juitify, 

Where yzi he fees no good. 

By faith I keep my Lord's commands, 

To verify my truft ; 
I purify my heart and hands, 

And mortify my luft. 

3y faith my melting foul repent.-;, 

When pierced Chrift appears ; 
My heart in grateful praiies vents, 

Mine eyes in joyful tear-. 

By faith I can the mountains vaft 

Of Go and guilt remove ; 
And them into tfce ocean caft, 

The fea of blood and love. 

By faith I fee Jehovah high 

Upon a throne of grace ; 
I fee him lay his vengeance by, 

Anl fmiie in Jems' face. 

By faith I hope to fee the Sufi, 

The light of grace that lent ; 
His everlafting circles run, 

In glory's firmament. 

By faith I'm more than conqueror, 
Ev'n though I nothing can ; 

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Chap. IV. The Believer's Principles. jfi ; 

Becaufe I fct Jehovah's pow'r 
Behind me in the van. 

By faith I counter plot my foes, 

Nor need their ambufli fear ; 
Becaufe my life-guard alio goes 

Before me in the rear. 

By faith I walk, I run, I fly, 

By faith I fuffer thrall ; 
By faith I'm fit to livfc and die, 

Bv faith I can do ail. 


T\:e Heights and Depths of Senie. 

WHEN heav'n me grants, at certain times^ 

Amidft a pqw'rful gale, 
Sweet liberty to moan my crimes, 

And wand' to bewail; 

Then do I drears my fmful broody 

Drown'd in the ocean main 
Of cryftal tears and crimfon blood, 

Will never live again. 

! get my foes beneath my feet, 

I hauife the ferpem's head ; 
I hope the vicVry is complete, 

And all my lulls are dead. 

How gladly do 1 think and fay, 

When thus it is With me, 
Sin to my fenfe is clean away, 

And fo (hall ever be. 

Bur, ah! alas! th' enfaing hour 

My lulls arife and fweil, 
They rage and reinforce their pcwV ; 

With new recruits from hell. 

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Though I refolvM and fwore, through grace, 

In very folemn terms, 
I never fhould my lufts embrace, 

Nor yield unto their charms ; 

Yet fuch deceitful friends they are, 

While I no danger dream, 
I'm fnar'd before I am aware, 

And hurry'd down the ftream. 

Into the gulph cf Cm anon, 

I'm plunged head and ears ; 
Grace to my fenfe is wholly gone, 

And I am chaln'd in fears ; 

Till ftraight my Lord with fweet furprife 

Returns to loofe my bands, 
With kind compaffion in his eyes, 

And pardon in his hands. 

Yet thus my life is nothing elfe 

Bin heav'n and hell by turns ; 
My foul, that now in Gofhen dwells, 

Anon in Egypt mourns. 


Faith and Frames compared; or, Faith building upon 

Scnfe difcovered. 

FAITH has for its foundation broad 

A liable rock on which I (land, 
The truth and faithfulnefs of God, 

All other grounds are finking fand. 

My frames and feelings ebb and flow ; 

And when my faith depends. on them, 
It fleets and daggers to and fro, 

And dies amid'l the dying frame. 

Chap. IV. The Believer s Principle s. 3 6 7 

That faith is furely mod unftay'd, 

Its ftagg'ring can't be counted ftrange, 

That builds its hope of lading aid 

On things that every moment change. 

But could my faith lay all its load 

On Jefus* everlafting name, 
Upon the righteoufnefs of God, 

And divine truth that's ftill the Came: 

Could I believe what God has fpoke, 

Rely on his unchanging love, 
Afld ceafe to grafp at fleeting fmoke, 

No changes would my mountain move. 

But when, how foon the frame's away, 

And comfortable feelings fail ; 
So foon my faith falls in decay, 

And unbelieving doubts prevail : 

This proves the charge of latent vice, 
And plain my faith's defects may Jhow ; 

I built the houfe on thawing ice, 

That tumbles with the melting fnow. 

When divine fmiles in fight appear, 

And I enjoy the heav'nly gale ; 
When wind and tide and all is fair, 

I dream my faith (hall never fail: 

My heart with falfe conclufions <Jraw, 
That ftrong my mountain (hall remain j 

That in my faith there is no flaw, 
1*11 never never doubt again. 

J -think the only reft 1 take, 

Is God's unfading word and name ; 

And fancy not my faith fo weak, 
As e'er to truft a fading frame. 

368 Gospel Sonnets. Part VI 

Eur ah ! what fud den turns I fee 

My lying heart's fallacious guilt, 
And that my faith not firm in me, 

On finking (and was partly buik : 

For, lo i when warming beams are gone ? 

And fhadows fall i alas, 'tis odd, 
I cannot wait the rifing Sun, 

I cannot trufi a hiding God. 

So much my faith's affiance fesras 
Its life from fading joys to bring, 

That when 1 loofe the dying ftrcams, 
1 cannot truft the living fpring. 

When drops of comfort quickly dry'd, 

And fenfible enjoyments fail : 
When cheering apples are deny'd, 

Then doubts inflead of faith prevail. 

But why, though fruit he fnatch'd from me # 
Should I diftruft the glorious Root ; 

And ftill affront the Handing Tree, 
By trufting more to falling fruit ? 

The fmalleft trials may evince 
My faith unfit to (land the fhock, 

That mere depends on fleeting fenfe, 
Than on the nVd eternal Rock. 

The fafeft ark when floods arlfe, 

Is (table truth that changes not : 
How weak's my faith, that more relies 

On feeble fenfe's floating boat ? 

For when the fleeting frame is gone, 
I ftraight my (late in queftion call ; 

I droop and fink in deeps anon, 
As if my frame were all in all, 

Chap. IV. The Believer's Principles. -69 

Bin though I mifs the pleafing gale, 

And Heav'n withdraw the charming glance ; 

Unlefs Jehovah's oath can fail, 
My taith may keep its countenance. 

The frame of nature (hall decay, 

Time-changes break her nifty chains ; 

Yea, heav'n and earth ftlalj pafs away ; 
But faith's foundation firm remains. 

HeavVs promifes fo fix'diy fland. 

IngravM with an immortal pen, 
In great Imtnanuel's mighty hand, 

Ail hell's attempts to raze are vain. 

Did faith with none but truth advife, 
My fteady foul would move no more, 

Than (table hills when tempefts life, 
Or folid rocks when billows roar. 

But when mv faith the counfei hears 

Of prefent lenfe and reaion blind, 
My wavVing Ipirit then appears 

A feather tol's'd with ey'ry wind. 

Lame Idgs of faith unequal crook : 

Thus mine, alas! unevenly (land. 
Elfe 1 won id truft my 1 table Rock, 

Not fading frames and feeble iaac 

I would, when dying comforts fly, 
As much as when thev prefent v.ere^ 

Upon my living Joy relv. 

Help, Lotfd, for here I dailv err. 


37© Gospel Sonnets. Part VI. 


The Believer's Principles concerning 

Heaven and Earth. 


The Work and Contention of Heaven. 

IN heav'nly choirs a queftion rofe, 
That ftirr'd up ftrife will never clofe* 
What rank of all the ranfom'd race 
Owes higheft praife to fov'reign grace ? 

Babes thither c.iusht from womb and breaftj 
Claim'd right to fino- above the reft ; 
Becaufe they found the happy fhore 
They never faw nor fought before. 

Thofe that arriv'd at riper age 
Before they left the. dufky ft age, 
Thought grace deferVd yet higher praife^ 
That wafh'd the blots of numerous clays. 

Anon the war more clofe began. 
What praifing harp {hould lead the van ? 
And wh'rch of grace's heav'nly peers 
Was deepeft run in her arrears ? 


a * Tis I (faid one), 'bove all my race, 
* Am debtor chief to glorious grace." 
u Nay, (faid another), hark, 1 trow, 
<c I'm more oblig'd to grace than you." 

" Scay, (faid a third,) I deepeft (hare 
4< In owing praife beyond Compare : 
u The chief of Tinners, you'll allow, 
Mil be the chief of fitigera now.' 


Chap. V. The Believer's Principles* 37 i 

" Hold, (laid a fourth), I here proteft 
u My praifes muft outvie the bed ; 
u For I'm of all the human race 
• r The higheft miracle of grace." 

u Stop, (faid a fifth,) thefe notes forbear, 
M Lo, I'm the greatett wonder here ; 
u For I of all the race that fell, 
" Deferv'd the loweft place in hell/' 

A foul that higher yet afpir'd, 

With equal love to Jefus fir'd, 

u 'Tts mine to fing the higheft notes 

•' To love, that wafii'd the fouleft blots." 

%t Ho, (cry'd a mate), 'tis mine I'll prove* 

11 Who flnn'd in fpite of light and love, 

<c To found his praife with loudcft bell, 

% t That fav'd me from the loweft hell. ' 

€< Come, come, (faid one), I'll hold the plea, 
%i That higheft praife is due fey me ; 
t€ For mine, of all the fav'd by grace, 
u Was the moil dreadful, defp'rare cafe." 

Another rifing at his fide, 

As fond to praife, and free of pride, 

Cry'd, u Pray give place, for 1 defy, 

That you fttoold owe more praife than I : 

I'll yield to none in this debate ; 

I'm run fo deep in grace's debt, 
u That fure I am, 1 boldly can 
u Compare with all the i eav'nly clan.'* 

Quick o'er their heads a trump awoke, 
Your fongs my very heart have {poke ; 
But cv'ry no: 2 you here propale, 
Belongs to me beyond you all," 






372 Gospel Sonnets. 

The lifVning millions round about 
With fweec refentment loudly fhout; 
What voice is this, comparing note?, 
That to their fong chief place allots . ? 

We can't allow of fuch a found, 
That you alone have higheft ground 
To fing the royalties of grace ; 
We claim the fame adoring place. 

What ! will no rival-finger yield I 
He has a match upon the field ? 
Come, then, and let us all agree 
To praife upon the highefl: key. 

Then jointly all the harpers round 
In mind unite with folcmn found, 
And flrokes upon the higheft ft ring, 
Made all the heavily arches ring : 

King loud with hallelujah's high, 

To him that fern his Son to die ; 

And to the worthy Lamb of God, 

' That lov'd and wafh'd them in his blood." 

Free grace was fov'reign emprefs crov/nd 
In pomp, with joyful fhouts around : 
Alliiling angels clapp'd their wings, 
And founded grace on all their ftrings. 

The emulation round the throne 
Made prottrate hofts (who ev'ry one 
The humbleft place their right avow} 
Strive isako should give ths lo<vSfi bo*i>. 

The next contention, without vice, 
Among the birds of peradife, 
Made every glorious warbling throat 
Strive who should r&ife the bivheft nc 

Part VL 

Chap. V. The Believer's Principles. 373 

Thus in fweet holy humble ftrife, 
Along their endlefs, joyful life 
Of Jefus all the harpers rove, 
And ling the wonders of his love. 

Their difcord makes them all unite 
In raptures moft divinely fweet ; 
So great the fong, fo grave the bafe, 
Melodious mufic fills the place- 


Earth defpicable, Heaven defir-ble. 

THERE's nothing round the fpacious earth 

To foil my vaft de(ires ; 
To more rcnVd and folid mirth 

My boundlefs thought afpires. 

Fain would I leave this mournful place, 

This mufic dull, where none 
But heavy notes have any grace, 

And mirth accents the moan. 

Where troubles tread upon reliefs, 

New woes with older blend ; 
Where rolling ftorms and circling griefs 

Run round without an end : 

Where waters wreftling with the -.(tones, 

Do fight themielves to foam, 
And hollow clouds with thund'ring groans 

Difchirge their pregnant womb : 

Where eagles mounting meet with rubs 

That dafh them from the Iky : 
And cedars, fhrinking into (hrubs, 

In ruin proilrate lie : 




Go spel Sonnets. 

Part VI. 

Where fin, the author of turmoils, 

Tiie caufe of death and hell, 
The one thing foul that all things foil?, 

Does moll befriended dwell. 

The purcbafer of night and woe, 

The forfeiter of day, 
The debt that ev'ry man did owe, 

But only God could pay. 

Bewitching ill, indors'd with hope, 

Subfcribed with defpair : 
Ugly in death, when eyes are ope, 

Though life may paint it fair. 

Small wonder that I droop alone 

In fuch a doleful place : 
When lo, my deareil friend is gone 

My father hides his face. 

And though in words I feem to flioW 

The fawning poet's (Vile, 
Yet is my plaint no feigned woe ; 

I languifh in exile. 

I long to (hare the hnppinefs 

Of that triumphant throng, 
That fwim in leas of boundlefs hlifs 

Eternity along. 

When but in drops here by the way 

Free love diftils itielf, 
I pour contempt on hills of prey, 

And heaps of wordly pelf. 

To mearnidft my little joys, 

Thrones, fceptres, crown?, and kings, 
Are nothing elfe but little leys, 

And deipicable things. 

hap. V. The Belt over's Principles* 375 

Down with difclain earth's pomp I thruft, 

Bid tempting wealth away : 
Heav'n is not made of yellow duft, 

Nor blifs of glitt 'ring clay. 

Sweet was the hour I freedom felt 

To call my Jems mine ; • 

To fee his fmiling face, and melt 
In pleafures all divine. 

Let fools an heav'n of {hades purfue ; 

But I for fubftance am : 
The heav'n I feek is likenefs to, 

And vifion of the Lamb : 

The worthy Lamb with glory crown'd 

In his auguft abode ; 
Enthroned iublime, and deck'd around 

With all the pomp of God. 

I long to join the faints above, 
Who, crown'd with glorious bays, 

Through radiant files of angels move, 
And rival them in praife : 

In praife to J ah, the God of love, 

The fair incarnate Son, 
The holy co-eternal Dove, 

The good, the great Three-One* 

In hope to fing without a fob, 

The anthem ever new, 
I gladly bid the dufty globe, 

And vain delights, Adieu* 

The following Poem, the Second Part of 
which was wrote by Mr. Erfkine, is 
here inferted, as a proper Subjeft of 
Meditation to fmokers of Tobacco. 

Smoking Spiritualized. 


The firft Part being an old Meditation upon fmoking 
Tobacce ; the fecond a new Addition to it 3 or Im- 
provement of it. 



HIS Indian weed now wither'd quite, 
Though green at noon, cut down at nighty 
Shows thy decay ; 
All flefh is hay. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco. 

The pipe, fo lily-like and weak, 
Does thus thy mortal (late befpeaka 

Thou art ev'n fuch, 

Gone with a touch. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco. 

And when the fmoke afcend* on high > 
Then thou behold'ft the vanity 
1 Of worldly ftuff, 

Gone with a puff. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco. 

And when the pipe grows foul within, 
Think on thy foul denTd with fin ; 
For then the fire 
It does require. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco. 

Smoking Spiritualizes. 

And fecft the afhes caft away ; 
Then to thyfelf thou mayeft fay, 

That to the duft 

Return thou mud. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco, 


Was this fmail plant for thee cut down ? 
So was the Phnt of great Renown ; 

Which mercy fends 

For nobler ends. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco, 

Doth juice medicinal proceed 
From fuch a naughty foreign weed * 
Then what's the pow'r 
Of JefiVs flow'r ? 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco* 

The promife, like the pipe, inlays 
And by the mouth of faith conveys 
What virtue flows 
From Sharon's Rofe. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco, 

Tn vain th 3 unlighted pipe you blow ; 
Your pains in outward means are fo, 

Till heav'nly fire 

Your heart infpire. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco. 

The fmoke, like burning incenfe, tow're; 
So mould a praying heart of yours 

With ardent cries 

Surmount the fkies. 
Thus think, and fmoke tobacco. 


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A Table of the Gospel Sonnets. 


The Reliever's Efpoufals. 


CHAP. I. A general account of man's fall in Adam, 
and the remedy provided in Chrift ; and a parti- 
cular account of man's being naturally wedded 
to the law as a covenant of works, 26 

Sect. i. The fall of Adam, - - ik 

2. Redemption through Chrift, • 23 

3. Man's legal difpofrtion, - - 3° 

4- Man's (hie* attarchment to legal terms, or 

to the law as a condition of life, - 3 2 

5. Man's vain attempt to feeklife by Chrift' s • 

righteoufnefs, joined with their own 5 and legal hopes 

natural to all, - - , r ' t $4 

CHAP. II. The manner of a finner's divorce from 
: the law in a work of humiliation, and of his mar- 
riage to the Lord Jefus Chrift; or, The way how 
a fmner comes to be a believer, . - • 3& 

Sect. i. Of a law-work, and the workings of legal 
pride under it, * - »■ - ik. 

2. Conviction of fin and wrath carried on more 

deeply and effectually ©n the heart, - 42 

■' ■■ ■ 3. The deeply humbled foul relieved, with 
fome faving difcoveries of Chrift the Redeemer, 45 

• 4. The workings of the Spirit of faith in fe- 

parating the heart from all ielf-righte-oufnefs, and 
drawing out its confent to, and defire after Chrift a- 
lone and wholly, - - 47 

5. Faith's view of the freedom of grace, cor- 
dial renunciation of all its own ragged righteoufnefs, 
and formal acceptance of and clcfmg with the perfon 

of glorious Chrift, - * 5° 

The TABLE. 379 

CHAP. III. The fruits of the believer's marriage 
with Chrilt, particularly gofpel-holinefs, and o- 
bedience to the law as a rule, - 53 

Sect. r. The fweet folemnity of the marriage now 
over, and the fad effects of the remains of a legal fpirit, ib. 

' 2. Faith's victories over fin and Satan, thro' 

new and further difcoveries of Chrift, making believ- 
ers more fruitful in holinefs, than aU other pretend- 
ers to works, - - '55 

3. True faving faith magnifying the law, both 

as a covenant & rule. Falfe faith unfruitful Zc ruining, 57 

- 4- The believer only, being married to Chrift, • 
is juftified and fanctified ; and the more gofpel free- 
dom from the law as a covenant, the more holy con- 
formity to it as a rule, - - 61 
; — 5. Gofpel-grace giving no liberty to (in, but 

to holy fervice and pure obedience, - 64 

CHAP- IV. A caution to all againft a legal fpirit, e- 
fpecially to thole that have a profeflion without 
power, and learning without grace, 65 

CHAP. V. Arguments and encouragements to gof- 
pel mihifters to avoid a legal (train of doctrine, 
and endeavour the finner's match with Chrift by 
gofpel-means, 69 

Sect. i. A legal fpirit the root of damnable errors, ib: 

• 2. A legal drain of doctrine difcovered and 

difearded, - - - 70 

3. The hurtfulnefs of not preaching Chrift, 

# *nd diftingufhing duly between law and gofpel, 72 

• 4- Damnable pride and felf-righteoumefs, (o 

natural to all men, has little need to be encouraged 
by legal preaching, - - '74 

5. The gofpel of divine grace the only means 

of converting finners ; and therefore mould be preach- 
ed moil clearly, fully, and freely, . • 77 

CHAP. VI. An exhortation to all that are out of 
Chrift, in order to their clofing the march with 
him; containing alfo motives and directions, 81 
Sect. 1. Conviction offered to finners, efpecially fuch 
are wedded ftrictly to the law, or felf-righteous ; that 
they may fee their need of Chrift's righteoumefs, ib, 

" -■ 2. Direction given with reference to the right 

5^3 The T A B L E. 

uie of the means, that we reft not on theie inftead 
of Chrift the glorious Hufband, in whom alone our 
help lies, - 85 

3* A ca ^ to believe in Jefus Chrift, with fome 

hint at the aft and object of faith, - 89 

4. An advice to fmners to apply to the fove- 

reign grace and mercy of God, as it is difcovered thro' 
Chrift, to the higheft honour of juftice and other di- 
vine attributes, in order to further their faith in him 
unto falvation, - - 91 

—— 5. The terrible doom of unbelievers and re- 
* jecters of Chrift, or defpifers of the goipelj 96, 


The Believer's Johiiure. 

CHAP. I. Containing the privileges of the believer 
that is efpoufed to Chrift by faith of divine ope- 
ration, - - 102 
Sect. i. The believers perfect, beauty, free accep- 
tance, and full fecurity, through the imputation of 
Chrift' s perfect righteouihefs, though imparted grace 
be imperfect, - il>. 

2. Chrift the believer's friend, prophet, prieft, 

king, defence, guide, guard^ help, and healer, i?4 

3- Chrift the believers wonderful phyfician, 

and wealthy friend, - - 107 

! 4- The believer's fafety under the covert of 

Chrift' s atoning blood, and powerful interceftion, 109 

5. The believer's faith and hope encouraged 

even in the darken: nights of defertion and diitrefs, 112 

6. Benefits accruing to believers, from the 

offices, names, natures, and fufte rings of Chrift, n4 

7. Chrift' s furTerings further improved, and 

"believers called to live by faith, both when they have 

and want fenfible influences, - * l & 

8. Chrift the believer's enriching treafure, 119 

9. Chrift the believer's adorning garment, 123 

-10. Chrift the believer's fweet nourilhment, 1 21 

CHAP. II. Containing marks and characters of be- 
lievers in Chrift; together with fome farther 
privilege's and grounds of comfort to faints, 123 

The TABLE. 381 

Sect. i. Doubting believers called to examine them- 
felves by marks drawn from their lo\*e to him and his 
prefence, their view of his glory, and their being emp- 
tied of felf-righteoufnefs, &c. - I2J 

2. Believers defcribed from their faith acting 

by divine aid, and fleeing quite out of themfelves to 
Jefus Chrift, - - - 1 26 

3- Believers characterized by the objects and 

purity of their defire, delight, joy, hatred, and love, 
difcovering they have the Spirit of Chrift, 129 

4. Believers in Chrift affect his counfel, word, 

ordinances, appearance, full $jj/ffmcnt in heaven, 
and fweet prefence here, - - I 3* 

- 5. The true believer's humility, dependence, 
zeal, growth, admiration of free grace, and know^ 
ledge of Chrift's voice, - - 133 

— *— 6. True believers are willing to be tried and 
examined. Alfo comforts arifmg to them from Chrifr/s 
ready fupply, real fympathy, and relieving names fuit- 
ing their need, - - 1 3^ 

11 1 7« The believer's experience of C.hrW* com- 
fortable prefence, or of former comforts, to be im- 
proved for his encouragement and fupport under hid- 
ings, - - - 139 

■ 8. Comfort to believers from the ftability of 
the promife, notwithftanding heavy chaftifements for 
fin, - - 142 

- 9. Comfort to believers from ChrirVs rela- 
tions, his dying love, his glory in heaven, to which 
he will lead them through death, and fupply them 
with all neceiTaries by the way, - 144 

■ ' 10. Comfort to believers from the text, Thy 
Maker is thy Hufband, inverted thus, Thy Hufband 
is thy Maker; and the conclufion of this fubjed, 146 


The Believer* s Riddle ; or, The Myftery of Faith. 

The Preface, fhewing the ufe and defign of the riddle, 150 

Sect. i. The myftery of the faint's pedigree, and e- 
fpecially of their relation to Chrift' s wonderful perfon, 154 

2. The myftery of the faints life, ftate, and 

frame, . • 163 

382 The TABLE. 

3. Myfteries about the faints work and war^ 

fare; their fins, forrows, and joys, 171 

4. Myiteries in faith's extra&ions, way and 

walk, prayers and anfwers, heights and depths, fear 
and love, - - 1 79 

1 5. Myfteries about nefh and fpirit, liberty and 

bondage, life and death, - 19?, 

' 6. The myfterV of free juftincation through 

Chrift's obedience and fatisfaction, - 197 

7. The myilery of God the Jufiiner; Rom. iii- 

26. juftified both in his juftifying and condemning; 

or foul-juftification and ielf-condemnation, 224 

8. The myftery of fant5tifkation, imperfeft in 

this life ; or, The believer doing all, and doing nothing, 212 

■ 9* The myilery of various names given to 

faints ; or, The flerti and fpirit defcribed from inani- 
mate things, vegetables and fenfitives, 2 18 

10. The myftery of the faints' old and new 

man further defcribed, and the means of their fpiri- 
tuailife, - - 225 

■11. The myftery of Chrift, his names, natures, 
and offices, - - 233 

12. The myftery of the believer's fixed ftate 
further enlarged, and his getting good out of evil, 241 

— 1 3. The myilery of the faints' adverfaries and 
adverf.ties, - - 247 

— 14. The myftery of the believer's pardon and 
fecurity from avenging wrath, notwithstanding his 
fin's defert, - - 253 

— 15. The myftery of faith and light, 261 
— — 16. I. The myftery of faith and works, 265 

II. And of rewards of grace and debt, 270 
The cdnclufion, - 273 


The Believer's Lodging. 

A paraphrase upon Pfalm lxxxiv. - 275 

A fourfold exercife for the believer in his lodging, 282, 

1. The holy law; or, The ten commandments, ib. 

2. The unholy heart, the re verfe of the holy law, 283 

3. The glorious gofpel of Chrift the remedy, #• 

4. The prayer of faith exemplified, 284 



T$c Believer s Soliloquy ; efpecially in times of defer- 
tion y tcmptaiioiiy afflittion y &c\ 

Sect, i. The deferted believer longing for perfect 
freedom from fin, 285 

— - 2. The deferted believer's prayer under com- 
plaints of unbelief, darknefs, deadnefs, and hardnefs, 288 

— 3 The believer wading through depths of de- 
fertion and corruption, - 290 

— 4- Complaint of fin, forrow, and want of love, 292 

5. The deferted foul's prayer for the Lord's 

gracious and fin-fubduing prefence, 295 

— 6. The fong of heaven defired by faints on 
earth, - 297 

PART vr. 

The Believer's Principles. 

CHAP- I. Concerning creation and redemption ; or^ 

Some of the firft principles of the oracles of God,3°° 
Sect. i. Of creation. The nrft chapter of Genefis 
compendized, - - ib. 

The fum of creation, - - 3 02 

■ 2. Of redemption. The myjjerv of the Re- 
deemer's incarnation; or, God manifefled in the fiefn, ib. 
The fum of redemption, 3°3 

3. The Redeemer's work ; or, Clirift all in 

all, and our complete redemption. A gofpel catcchifm 
for young Chriftians, ib. 

4. Faith and works both excluded from our 

j unification before God, that redemption may appear 

to be only in Chrift, - 309 

CHAP. II. Concerning the Uiv and the gofpel) 3 12 

Sect. i. The myftery of law and gofpel, ib. 

2. Their difference, - - 328 

3. Their Harmony, - 33 2 

■ 4- The proper place and Nation of lav/ and 

gofpel, in four paragraphs, 33^ 

384 T H e T A B L E. 

Paragraph I. The place and flation of law and 
gofpel in general, 336 

2. The place and Nation of law and gof- 

pel in particular, 337 

— 3. The gofpel no new law; but a joyful 
found of grace and mercy, 342 

■ 4. The gofpel further defcribed, as a * 

bundle of good news and precious promifes, 345 

CHAP. III. Concerning juftif cation and fan fit fi 'ca- 
tion, their difference and harmony, 348 

Sect. 1. The difference between j unification and 
fan&ification, or righteonfhefs imputed and grace im- 
parted ; in upwards of thirty particulars, ib. 

— — 2. The harmony between juftification and 
fanctincation, 353 

CHAP. IV. Concerning faith and fenfe. 356 

Sect. r. Faith and fenfe natural compared and dif- 
tinguifhed, - - ib. 

— 2. Faith and fenfe fpiritual compared and dif- 
tinguifhed, 359 

— 3. The harmony and difcord between faith 
and and fenfe, 361 

— — 4. The valour and victories of faith, 362 

5. The heights and depths of fenfe, - 365 

— 6. Faith and frames compared, or faith build- 
ing upon fenfe difcavered, 366 

CHAP. V. Concerning heaven and earth y - 373 

Sect. r. The work and contention of heaven, ib. 

2. Earth defpicable, heaven defirable, - 373 

To which is added, 
A poem on fwoking tobacco, in two parts, 376 

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